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Birdie Tebbetts
Full Name: George Robert Tebbetts
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Born: Nov 10, 1912 in Burlington, VT
Major League Debut: Sep 16, 1936
PHOTO PROVIDED BY LEN LEVINE (SABR Member)


CAREER STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING
YR
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1946
1947
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
TM
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Cle
Cle
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
POS
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
G
10
50
53
106
111
110
99
87
20
90
128
122
79
55
42
AB
33
162
143
341
379
359
308
280
53
291
446
403
268
137
101
R
7
15
16
37
46
28
24
20
1
22
54
42
33
8
4
H
10
31
42
89
112
102
76
68
5
87
125
109
83
36
25
2B
1
4
6
22
24
19
11
11
1
10
26
14
10
6
4
3B
2
3
2
2
4
4
0
2
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
HR
1
2
1
4
4
2
1
1
0
1
5
5
8
2
1
RBI
4
16
25
53
46
47
27
34
2
28
68
48
45
18
8
TB
18
47
55
127
156
135
90
86
6
100
170
138
119
48
32
BB
5
10
12
25
35
38
39
28
3
21
62
62
29
8
12
IBB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals G
1162
AB
3704
R
357
H
1000
2B
169
3B
22
HR
38
RBI
469
TB
1327
BB
389
IBB
0


BATTING BASERUNNING PERCENTAGES
YR
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1946
1947
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
TM
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Det
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Cle
Cle
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
K
3
13
13
20
14
29
17
23
3
30
32
22
26
7
9
HBP
0
0
0
2
1
1
2
0
0
0
2
1
0
1
2
SH
0
3
3
8
2
2
3
4
2
4
3
6
2
0
2
SF
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
GDP
0
0
0
8
9
7
9
10
2
8
22
14
13
4
5
SB
0
0
1
2
4
1
4
1
0
2
5
8
1
0
0
CS
0
0
2
1
5
2
0
3
1
4
2
1
1
0
1
SB%
-.---
-.---
.333
.667
.444
.333
1.000
.250
.000
.333
.714
.889
.500
-.---
.000
AVG
.303
.191
.294
.261
.296
.284
.247
.243
.094
.299
.280
.270
.310
.263
.248
OBP
.395
.238
.348
.315
.357
.354
.335
.312
.143
.346
.371
.369
.377
.308
.339
SLG
.545
.290
.385
.372
.412
.376
.292
.307
.113
.344
.381
.342
.444
.350
.317
AB/HR
33.0
81.0
143.0
85.3
94.8
179.5
308.0
280.0
--.-
291.0
89.2
80.6
33.5
68.5
101.0
AB/K
11.0
12.5
11.0
17.1
27.1
12.4
18.1
12.2
17.7
9.7
13.9
18.3
10.3
19.6
11.2
Totals K
261
HBP
12
SH
44
SF
0
GDP
111
SB
29
CS
23
SB%
.558
BAVG
.270
OBP
.341
SLG
.358
AB/HR
97.5
AB/K
14.2


ALL-STAR STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1941
1942
1948
1949
TM
Det
Det
Bos
Bos
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
G
0
1
1
1
AB
0
4
1
2
R
0
0
1
0
H
0
0
0
2
2B
0
0
0
1
3B
0
0
0
0
HR
0
0
0
0
RBI
0
0
0
1
TB
0
0
0
3
BB
0
0
2
0
K
0
2
1
0
SB
0
0
0
0
BAVG
-.---
.000
.000
1.000
SLG
-.---
.000
.000
1.500
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
2.0
1.0
--.-
Totals G
3
AB
7
R
1
H
2
2B
1
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
1
TB
3
BB
2
K
3
SB
0
AVG
.286
SLG
.429
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
2.3


WORLD SERIES STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1940
TM
Det
LG
AL
G
4
AB
11
R
0
H
0
2B
0
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
0
TB
0
BB
0
K
0
SB
0
BAVG
.000
SLG
.000
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
--.-
Totals G
4
AB
11
R
0
H
0
2B
0
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
0
TB
0
BB
0
K
0
SB
0
AVG
.000
SLG
.000
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
--.-


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1936-1947
1947-1950
1951-1952
TM
Det
Bos
Cle
LG
AL
AL
AL
TEAM NAME
Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians
LEAGUE NAME
American League
American League
American League

Birdie Tebbetts, a member of the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame, managed both the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. As a major league catcher, Tebbetts batted .270 lifetime.

Playing against the Cincinnati Reds in the 1940 World Series, Detroit Tigers' catcher Birdie Tebbetts tied a record that will never to broken. "If you can believe it, I went zero for the series," said Tebbetts from his home in Anna Maria, Florida. "I batted 11 times, and never got a hit against Cincinnati, which beat us in a fun seven-game Series. And I really hit the ball hard a few times -- they just didn't fall in."

Tebbetts played for Detroit, the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland during a 14-year major league career (1936-52) -- his finest seasons were with the Tigers in 1940 (.296 average) and Boston in 1950 (.310). "Unfortunately, I lost my peak years to World War II service," said Tebbetts, who missed the 1943 through 1945 seasons. "If not for the war, I probably would have been in six or seven All-Star Games instead of just four." "But Serving your country was foremost in your mind back then," he added. "It's something that had to be done."

Following his playing career, Tebbetts succeeded Buster Mills as manager of the Cincinnati "Redlegs" prior to the 1954 season. (In the mid-1950s, the Cincinnati club temporarily changed its name to Redlegs because of the perceived Soviet Cold War threat). Tebbetts inherited a fantastic offensive club in Cincinnati - with sluggers like Ted Kluszewski, Wally Post and Gus Bell -- but pitching was another story.

Even with a lack of quality starting pitching, the Reds made a run at the National League pennant in 1956. With Kluszewski, Post, Bell, Ed Bailey and rookie phenom Frank Robinson leading the way, the Redlegs as a team belted 221 home runs -- tying the National League record -- and missed the pennant by just three games.

Tebbetts was replaced by Jimmy Dykes late in the 1958 season, but resurfaced as manager of the Milwaukee Braves in 1961 and '62. In 1963, Tebbetts succeeded Mel McGaha as skipper of the Cleveland Indians. He had some pretty decent years in Cleveland from '63 to '66.

Tebbetts later became a scout for the New York Yankees, and currently is a master scout for both the Baltimore Orioles and Florida Marlins. Over 11 years as a major league manager, his record was 781-744.

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