- 3B, SS, 2B, OF, 1B
- October 24, 1900
- 5' 11"
- 162 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-24-1922 with WS1
'''Oswald Louis "Ossie" Bluege''' (; October 24, 1900 – October 14, 1985) was an third baseman in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for theWashington Senators from 1922 through 1939. He was a member of the Senators' 1924 World Series championship team, the franchise's only title before moving to Minnesota in 1961.
He was discovered by baseball promoter Joe Engel, who managed the Chattanooga Lookouts at Engel Stadium. He made his major league debut on April 24, 1922 and played his final game on July 13, 1939.
Bluege batted .272 in his career, but was chiefly known for his defensive ability, leading American League third basemen in double plays in three different seasons. He neither smoke nor drank and his moonlighting job earned him the nickname "The Accountant" from teammatesand was an accountant in the off-season, with Washington's best hotels among his clients. Clark Griffith, the Senators' frugal owner, feared that poring over figures would ruin Bluege's batting eye, and ordered him to quit. As he never earned over $10,000, Bluege couldn't afford to. Bluege's only All-Star appearance, was in 1935, came in a year which saw him primarily play shortstop for Washington.
After retiring in 1939, Bluege went on to manager manage his former club from 1943 to 1947, compiling a career managerial record of 379-394, with two second-place finishes. In 1948, Bluege was named the Senators' farm director, where his greatest scouting coup was a young Harmon Killebrew. In 1958 he became the team's comptroller, shortly before its relocation to Minneapolis as the Minnesota Twins. In 1971 he retired, having served the organization for 50 years.
Bluege died in 1985 in Edina, Minnesota.
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