Ossie Bluege

Ossie Bluege

3B, SS, 2B, OF, 1B
October 24, 1900
5' 11"
162 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-24-1922 with WS1


Ossie Bluege spent five decades in the employment of the Griffith family, first as a ballplayer, then as a manager, and finally in the front office, where he served so long he moved with the franchise to Minnesota. Bluege was a slick third baseman who stayed in the major leagues for 18 seasons almost exclusively because of his glovework, and played in all three of the World Series that the Senators ever appeared in. At the hot corner, Bluege led the American League in double plays on three occasions, and assists four times.

Unform Number

#7 (1931-1935), #27 (1936-1939)

Replaced By

Ultimately, Buddy Lewis.

Factoid 1

From 1957 to 1971, Ossie Bluege served as the Senators/Twins controller, or comptroller, handling the budgetary processs and finances of the club. He retired in 1971 after having worked 50 years for the Griffith family.


Bluege spent 50 years on the payroll of the Senators, and then Twins.


Walter Johnson, who was Bluege's teammate for several years and managed him for four seasons, said of Ossie: "He has the quickest hands of any infielder I've ever seen. He can get his glove in the dirt so fast, the batter doesn't have a chance."


Only once in his career was Bluege above league average offensively. That was in 1928, when his adjusted OPS was 101, or just barely better than an average AL hitter.


Bluege, who was selective at the plate, walked five times on July 18, 1932, tying an American League record.

"The Toughest Pitchers I Faced" by Ossie Bluege

In 1946, Bluege gave The Sporting News a list of the top ten toughest pitchers he ever faced, in no particular order: Tommy Bridges, Bob Feller, Lefty Gomez, Lefty Grove, Waite Hoyt, Walter Johnson, Ted Lyons, Hal Newhouser, Herb Pennock and Red Ruffing.

1924 World Series, Chattanooga Lookouts, Clark Griffith, Engel Stadium, Farm Director, Harmon Killebrew, Joe Engel, Manager, Minnesota Twins, Ossie Bluege, Washington Senators, thirdbase
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