- OF, 1B
- July 20, 1901
- 6' 1"
- 200 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-20-1923 with DET
- Hall of Fame:
Alabama-native Heinie Manush was a dead-ball era hitter who came to the big leagues as the home run was gaining favor in the 1920s. Despite his unfortunate timing, he was very successful – posting a .330 career batting average. He won a batting title on the final day of the season, and lost a batting title on the final day of the season. Manush's line-drive swing benefitted from the teachings of Ty Cobb, who was his first manager in the big leagues.
#3 (1931, 1933-1935), #2 (1932), #7 (1936), #26 (1937-1938 Dodgers), #36 (1938 Pirates), #14 (1939)
Manush's last regular job was as the Dodger right fielder in 1937. In 1938 he sat the bench and was eventually released by Brooklyn. Goody Rosen and Kiki Cuyler took his playing time.
Manush finished at .378, just a single point behind nemesis Goose Goslin, with a league-high 241 hits and 47 doubles. He scored 104 runs, drove in 108, smashed 20 triples, and hit 13 homers. His .575 slugging percentage was his career-best, and he also stole a career-high 17 bases. Everything seemed to go well for Manush that season (except his last-second loss of the batting title), as he committed just three errors in the outfield, playing the entire schedule.
Heinie Manush won a mad scramble to secure the ceremonial first ball thrown by President Franklin D. Roosevelt prior to Game Three of the 1933 World Series in Washington D.C.
December 2, 1927: Traded by the Detroit Tigers with Lu Blue to the St. Louis Browns for Chick Galloway, Elam Vangilder, and Harry Rice; June 13, 1930: Traded by the St. Louis Browns with Alvin Crowder to the Washington Senators for Goose Goslin; December 17, 1935: Traded by the Washington Senators to the Boston Red Sox for Carl Reynolds and Roy Johnson; May, 1938: Selected off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Hitting stroke. Manush was also an excellent bunter, a weapon he honed under the guidance of Ty Cobb.
Speed. Manush was a poor base stealer (64% success rate over his career), and had less than average range in the outfield, especially in the second-half of his career. His throwing arm was also below average. Manush was essentially a DH playing long before the DH existed.
With Brooklyn in 1938, Manush collected the 2,500th hit of his career.
Manush collected 200 hits in four separate seasons: 1928, 1929, 1932 and 1933.