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Chick Sorten, 1922 E120 American Caramel card

Charles Henry "Chick" Shorten (1892-1965), born and died in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Playing career

Shorten played eight seasons of Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox (1915-1917), Detroit Tigers (1919-1921), St. Louis Browns (1922), and Cincinnati Reds (1924). He played in 527 games, including 352 as an outfielder and the rest as a pinch hitter. Shorten had a career batting average of .275 with 370 hits, 51 doubles, 20 triples, 3 home runs, and 134 RBIs.

Shorten played two games in the 1916 World Series for the Boston Red Sox, and collected 4 hits in 7 at bats for a .571 World Series batting average. He was also caught stealing twice in the 1916 World Series, negating two of his hits.

He hit for a career-high .315 average in 95 games for the Tigers in 1919. In 352 games in the outfield, Shorten had a .985 fielding percentage, 23 points higher than the average outfielder of that time.


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