14 Facts About Gavvy Cravath


Gavvy Cravath led the NL in several offensive categories in 1915 as the Phillies won the first pennant in the team's 33-year history, and he held the team's career home run record from 1917 to 1924.

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Gavvy Cravath is one of eight players to lead the majors in home runs for a season six times in a career.

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Gavvy Cravath began his career during a time of independent minor leagues, when not all good players moved quickly to the majors.

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Gavvy Cravath entered professional baseball in 1903 with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League; during 5 seasons with the team, he helped them win two pennants.

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Gavvy Cravath led the league in doubles twice and finished third twice.

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In Minneapolis, Gavvy Cravath learned to hit to the opposite field to take advantage of the short right-field line at Nicollet Park.

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Gavvy Cravath was a more than adequate outfielder, sharing the league lead with 26 assists.

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Gavvy Cravath placed second in the voting for the Chalmers Award behind Jake Daubert, though some historians think Cravath should have won.

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Gavvy Cravath repeated as home run champion in 1914, hitting all of his 19 homers in home games, while again sharing the league lead in assists and finishing second in RBI and slugging.

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Gavvy Cravath later broke Thompson's career franchise record; Cravath's single-season club mark was surpassed by Cy Williams in 1922, and his career record was broken by Williams in 1924.

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Gavvy Cravath was criticized for his easygoing style and was released, ending his major league career; he became player-manager for the Salt Lake City Bees of the Pacific Coast League in 1921.

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Gavvy Cravath played his final professional games in 1922 with the Minneapolis Millers.

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Gavvy Cravath returned to California, where he went into real estate and was elected magistrate judge in September 1927 in Laguna Beach, California; he died there at age 82.

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In 1985, Gavvy Cravath was inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing surface.

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