Tuesday, June 4, 2013

1930s Signed Baseball - Ossie Bluege

Ossie Bluege (b. 1900 - d. 1985) played in the majors from 1922 to 1939, all for the Washington Senators.  He had 1,751 hits, 43 home runs and a .272 career batting average.  Bluege was an All Star in 1935 and finished as high at 10th in the AL MVP voting in 1925.  He was a member of the 1924 World Series Champion Senators and was also a member of two other Senators teams that reached the World Series (1925 and 1933).  Bluege went on to manage the Senators from 1943 to 1947, finishing as high as 2nd in the AL in both 1943 and 1945.

Bluege was named the Senators Farm Director in 1948, serving in that position until sometime before 1958.  During his time as Senators Farm Director, he was resposible for scouting and signing Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.  Bluege would serve in some capacity with the Senators and later the Twins (after the Senators relocated to Minnesota in 1961) for 50 years, retiring in 1971.
Bluege appeared on the Hall of Fame Ballot 6 times (1948, 1949, 1954, 1956, 1958 and 1960) but never garnered more than 1.7% of the vote.

Bluege obviously ties in well with all of the other Senators on the baseball, having spent his entire career there.  Interestingly, he was also teammates with several Hall of Famers over his career: Walter Johnson, Bucky Harris, Goose Goslin, Sam Rice, Joe Cronin, Stan Coveleski, George Sisler, Heinie Manush, Rick Ferrell, Al Simmons and Early Wynn.  Just imagine the stories he would be able to tell.

Players Identified:
Joe Cronin
Lance Richbourg
Randy Moore
Bill Sherdel
Sam West
Joe Kuhel

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