Earl Sheely

Earl Homer Sheely (February 12, 1893 – September 16, 1952) born in Bushnell, Illinois, was a first baseman for the Chicago White Sox (1921–27), Pittsburgh Pirates (1929) and Boston Braves (1931).

He finished 6th in voting for the 1925 American League MVP for playing in 153 games and having 600 at-bats, 93 runs, 189 hits, 43 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs, 111 RBI, 3 stolen bases, 68 walks, .315 batting average, .389 on-base percentage, .442 slugging percentage, 265 total bases and 26 sacrifice hits.

He currently ranks 92nd on the MLB career sacrifice hits hist (189).

In 9 seasons he played in 1,234 games and had 4,471 at-bats, 572 runs, 1,340 hits, 244 doubles, 27 triples, 48 home runs, 747 RBI, 33 stolen bases, 563 walks, .300 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, .399 slugging percentage, 1,782 total bases and 189 sacrifice hits.

He also served as a scout for the Boston Red Sox and general manager of the Seattle Rainiers, a Pacific Coast League team.

Sheely is an inductee of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

He died in Seattle, Washington at the age of 59.

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