- SS, 1B
- March 5, 1891
- 5' 10"
- 165 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-15-1910 with CLE
- Allstar Selections:
- 1925 MVP
Peckinpaugh was the premier AL shortstop in his day. Rangy, full-chested, and broad-shouldered, with big hands and bowed legs, he pursued the ball relentlessly and effectively, if not always gracefully. A steady hitter, he had a 29-game streak in 1919. He played seventeen years in the majors and won the 1925 American League Most Valuable Player Award. He also managed in the big leagues for eight seasons and was a front office executive
Born in Wooster, Ohio, Roger Peckinpaugh reached the majors with the Cleveland Naps late in 1910 and returned to the team in 1912 and briefly in 1913 before being traded to the New York Yankees that year.
After nine years with the Yankees,as a 23-year-old, managed the club for the final 20 games of the 1914 season. He had his best year with the team in 1921, hitting .288 while scoring 128 runs and driving in 72 as the club won the American League pennant. Nonetheless, following the season, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox, who in turn sent him to the Washington Senators less than a month later.
In Washington, he paired with young second baseman Bucky Harris in a top combination that produced a record 168 double playss in 1922. Peckinpaugh was a WS hero in 1924, he hit .417 in series,doubling home the winning run in Game Two and saving Game Six with a key fielding play. Allowing Washington to win there only World Series.
In 1925 he had a great regular season, hitting .292 and being named AL MVP. But the World Series was a disaster. The old pro looked to for reliability made eight errors, several in key spots, as the Senators allowed the Pirates to come back from a 3-1 deficit and lost the Series.This was not out of the norm, as he has the second-worst fielding percentage since 1910 of players with at least 1900 games played.
He was replaced at shortstop by Buddy Myer the following season and traded to the Chicago White Sox before the 1927 campaign. After one year in Chicago, he retired as a player.
From 1928 to 1933, Peckinpaugh was manager of the Cleveland Indians, leading them to a best finish of third in 1929. In 1934, he managed the Kansas City Blues to a 65-88 record and eighth place in the American Association. Five years later, he was skipper of the New Orleans Pelicans, an Indians farm team, and went 57-93 to finish eighth in the Southern Association. He managed the Indians again in 1941 and then was their General Manager and President until 1946. In his 17 years he as a player and manager he was thrown out of only 1 game.
He died in Cleveland, Ohio at age 86 and is buried in Acacia Masonic Memorial Park in Mayfield Heights, Ohio
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