- 2B, 1B, SS
- February 18, 1915
- 5' 10"
- 180 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-18-1938 with NYA
- Allstar Selections:
- 1942 MVP
- Hall of Fame:
Quotes About Joe Gordon
"If there's any doubt about Gordon's infielding ability, it was dispelled today when the Oregon flash approached a record in successful chances. In the nightcap Joe Handled 17 chances without a flaw. Fifteen of these were handled in nine innings as he missed the modern nine-inning record by two." — James P. Dawson of the New York Times, reporting on the Yankees' doubleheader of July 4, 1938.
Teams Joe Gordon Managed
Cleveland Indians (1958-1960)
Detroit Tigers (1960)
Kansas City Athletics (1961)
Kansas City Royals (1969)
Where does Joe Gordon rank among baseball greats?
Joe Gordon ranks among the Top 50 all-time at 2B. Rankings
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Joe Gordon Teammates
Best Season: 1948
Yes, he won the MVP Award in 1942, but in 1948 Gordon was a more complete player. His defense was slightly better and he was playing in a league with all of its' stars. Gordon helped the Indians to their first pennant in 28 seasons, batting .280 with 77 walks, 96 runs, 32 homers, 124 RBI and a .507 slugging percentage. He was second in the AL to Joe DiMaggio in home runs and finished sixth in MVP voting.
Joe Gordon collected exactly 1,000 hits and played exactly 1,000 games for the New York Yankees.
Gordon and Doerr
Gordon made nine All-Star Games, Bobby Doerr was named to ten. In 1939, 1940, 1942, 1947, and 1948, Gordon started the Mid-Summer Classic; in the years they were both in the game, Doerr started in 1941, 1943, 1944, 1946 (in 1943-1944 Gordon was in the war). In 1949, Doerr wasn't named, Cass Michaels was the starter, and Gordon entered the game in place of Michaels. The fact is, All-Star voters picked Gordon over Doerr head-to-head almost every year. Of course, his managers were usually managing the All-Star Game, but the fact still remains that many people who saw Gordon and Doerr play, selected Gordon as the better player.
Where He Played
Gordon played more than 1,500 games at his primary position, second base. Despite Gordon's esteemed defensive reputation, Joe McCarthy inexplicably moved him to first base at the start of the 1941 season. Amazingly, the move was not motivated by a gaping hole at first base, but rather the desire to get rookie Jerry Priddy in the lineup at second. Priddy was a fantastic defensive infielder, teaming with his friend Phil Rizzuto as a double play duo in the minor leagues. With rookie Rizzuto at short for the Yankees, McCarthy shifted Gordon to first to make room for Priddy, giving the Bombers an all-rookie Dp combo. In moving one of the two best defensive second basemen in baseball, McCarthy had made a curious decision, all in order to reunite Priddy and Rizzuto. In May, Priddy was hovering near .220 and the Yanks were off to a poor start, when McCarthy moved Gordon back to second. The brief experiment did little to stop the Yankees, who won the pennant. Priddy was traded to Washington prior to the 1943 season.
As a Manager
In 1960 he was traded in the only swap of managers in baseball history, when the Indians sent him to Detroit for Jimmy Dykes. Additionally, he is the only man to skipper both the A's and Royals in Kansas City.
Joseph Lowell Gordon was born on February 18, 1915, in Los Angeles, CA.
April 14, 1978, Sacramento, CA
Major League Debut
"Flash" was in reference to the popular action figure of the 1930s, and for Joe's quick feet around the second base bag.
#6 (1938-1943, 1946), #4 (1947-1950)
1938 World Series
1939 World Series
1941 World Series
1942 World Series
1943 World Series
1948 World Series
Gordon belted four homers in the World Series, hit .400 in the 1938 sweep of the Cubs, and .500 in the five-game win over the Dodgers in 1941. His teams were 5-1 in the World Series, winning 21 of 28 games.
Awards and Honors
1942 AL MVP
- September 8, 1940: Cycle...
Gordon was sabotaged by his home park for his entire career, both at Yankee Stadium and Cleveland Stadium. For his career, Gordon hit .256 with 256 extra-base hits in 769 games at home, and .279 with 303 extra-base hits in 797 games on the road. His right-handed power was hampered by the deep fences in left in Yankee Stadium, and the deep power-alleys in Clevelend.
29 games (1942)
Best Strength as a Player
Power, with his defensive play a close second.
Largest Weakness as a Player
None that are overtly apparent.
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