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Heinie Manush

Left fielder
Born: July 20, 1901(1901-07-20)
Tuscumbia, Alabama
Died: May 21, 1971 (aged 69)
Sarasota, Florida
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
April 20, 1923 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 1939 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting average     .330
Hits     2,524
Home runs     110
Runs batted in     1,183
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star selection (1934)
  • Led AL in batting average in 1926 with .378
Member of the National
Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg Baseball Hall of Fame Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg Empty Star.svg
Induction     1964
Election Method     Veteran's Committee
Heinie Manush was honored alongside the retired numbers of the Detroit Tigers in 2000.

Henry Emmett Manush (July 20, 1901 – May 12, 1971), nicknamed Heinie, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.

Manush spent seventeen seasons in the Majors, playing for the Detroit Tigers (1923–27), St. Louis Browns (1928–30), Washington Senators (1930–35), Boston Red Sox (1936), Brooklyn Dodgers (1937–38), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1938–39).



Manush was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He followed his older brother, Philadelphia Athletics third baseman Frank Manush, to the major leagues in 1923 and quickly became known as a skillful hitter.

During his rookie season with the Tigers, he batted .334 in 308 at bats while sharing an outfield with Ty Cobb, Harry Heilmann, Bobby Veach, and Bob Fothergill. In 1926, he led the American League with a batting average of .378 and finished second behind Babe Ruth in the statistical categories of slugging percentage (.564) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.985).

He was traded before the 1928 season to the Browns. In his first season there, Manush batted .378 and led the league in hits (241), doubles (47) and singles (161) and finished 2nd in voting for the American League MVP to catcher Mickey Cochrane. He also tied the Browns' single season record for triples (20 in 1928), set by George Stone. In 1930, the Browns traded Manush with pitcher Alvin Crowder to the Senators mid-season in exchange for left fielder Goose Goslin.

Manush played six seasons in Washington. He finished 3rd in MVP voting in back-to-back seasons and was voted to the All-Star Game in 1934. In 1933, he had a 33 game hitting streak which led to his fourth and final 200-plus hit season, leading the league in hits and helping the Senators win the AL Pennant. In the 1933 World Series, however, he was limited to 2 hits in 18 at bats against the New York Giants. In Game 4, after being called out by the first base umpire, Manush pulled on the umpire's bow tie and let it snap back; he was ejected from the game.[1]

Manush played a season in Boston before moving to the National League for three final seasons with the Dodgers and Pirates. In 2,008 career games, he batted .330 with 2,524 hits and 1,183 RBI.

Later life

Manush managed in the Red Sox farm system during World War II, scouted for the Boston Braves during the postwar years, then served as a coach for the Senators in 1953–54. He died on May 12, 1971 in Sarasota, Florida. Besides his earlier selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he was posthumously elected into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.

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Preceded by
Harry Heilmann
American League Batting Champion
Succeeded by
Harry Heilmann

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