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Freddie Lindstrom
Third baseman/Outfielder
Born: November 21, 1905(1905-11-21)
Chicago, Illinois
Died: October 1, 1981 (aged 75)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 15, 1924 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
May 15, 1936 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Career statistics
Batting average     .311
Home runs     103
Runs batted in     779
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • National League pennant: 1924, 1935
  • Led NL in hits in 1928 with 231
  • Ranks 94th on all-time batting average list (.311)
  • Ranks 100th on all-time at bats per strikeout list (20.3)
Member of the National
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Induction     1976
Election Method     Veteran's Committee

Frederick Charles Lindstrom (November 21, 1905 - October 4, 1981) was a Major League Baseball player during the 1920s and 1930s. A third baseman and outfielder, Lindstrom was best known for hitting over .300 in seven of his thirteen seasons. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

Lindstrom, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, had tryouts with both the Chicago Cubs and New York Giants at the age of 16. Signed by the Giants, he dropped out of Loyola Academy in Chicago after his sophomore year to play for the Toledo Mud Hens. He was there for a season when he was called up to the Giants in 1924.

In Lindstrom's rookie season, 1924, the Giants won the National League pennant and played the Washington Senators in the World Series. At 18 years old, Lindstrom is still the youngest player ever to play in a World Series. In game seven, in the bottom of the twelfth inning, a ball hit by Earl McNeely bounced off a pebble and took a bad hop past Lindstrom, allowing Muddy Ruel to score the series' winning run.

Lindstrom played with the Giants until 1932. During this time he established himself as a consistent, disciplined hitter. Arguably his best seasons were 1928, when he batted .358 with 14 home runs and 107 RBI, and 1930, when he batted .379 with 22 home runs and 106 RBI. He scored 99 runs both years, and finished second in MVP voting to Jim Bottomley in 1928.

On December 12, 1932, Lindstrom was the centerpiece of a three-team trade between the Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies. In 1933 he hit .300 for the seventh and final time in his career. On November 22, 1934, he was traded again, this time to the Chicago Cubs. After an ineffective season there, and the next year with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Lindstrom retired.

Lindstrom finished his career with a .311 batting average, 895 runs, 103 home runs, 779 RBI and 84 stolen bases. He appeared in two World Series, in 1924 and 1935. On July 25, 1928, he became the first National League player to collect nine hits in a doubleheader, a record which stands today.

Lindstrom's son, Chuck Lindstrom, played briefly for the 1958 Chicago White Sox.

See also

References

1. http://www.suntimes.com/sports/topathletes/1149184,CST-SPT-great07.stng 2. http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/personalities/one_hit_wonder.php

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