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Miller Huggins

Second Baseman/Manager
Born: March 27, 1879
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: September 25, 1929 (aged 50)
New York City, New York
Batted: Both Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 15, 1904 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 13, 1916 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average     .265
Hits     1474
Stolen bases     324
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Induction     1964
Election Method     Veteran's Committee

Miller James Huggins (March 27, 1879 – September 25, 1929), nicknamed "Mighty Mite", was a baseball player and manager. He managed the powerhouse New York Yankee teams of the 1920s and won six American League pennants and three World Series championships.

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Playing career

As a player, Huggins joined the Cincinnati Reds in 1904 as a second baseman. Despite his short stature (5-foot-6-inches)—or perhaps because of it—Huggins proved very adept at getting on base. Over a 13-year career (Cincinnati 1904–09, St. Louis Cardinals, 1910–16) he led the league in walks four times and regularly posted an on base percentage near .400. He scored 100 or more runs three times and regularly stole 30 or more bases. He finished his career with 324 swipes.

Player-manager and Manager

Huggins, 1910

Huggins became player-manager for St. Louis in 1913. Serving as the Cardinals' manager until 1917, he didn't find any substantial success (they never finished higher than third place).

Huggins was able to build on his experience as the manager of a budding New York Yankee team beginning in 1918. As the Yankees skipper until his death in 1929, and with one of the finest offenses ever assembled (including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri and Bob Meusel), Huggins presided over six American League championships (1921–1923, 1926–1928) and three World Series championships (1923, 1927 and 1928). He finished his managerial career with a 1413–1134 record. His 1413 wins as a manager ranks 20th all-time.

Death

Huggins died at the age of 50 on September 25, 1929, of erysipelas, visible under his right eye. The league canceled its games for the following day out of respect; the viewing of his casket at Yankee Stadium drew thousands of tearful fans. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.

Huggins's monument at Monument Park.

On May 30, 1932, the Yankees dedicated a monument to Huggins, and placed it in front of the flagpole in center field at Yankee Stadium. Huggins was the first of many Yankees legends granted this honor, which eventually became "Monument Park", dedicated in 1976. The monument calls Huggins "A splendid character who made priceless contributions to baseball."

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Preceded by
Roger Bresnahan
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
1913-1917
Succeeded by
Jack Hendricks
Preceded by
Bill Donovan
New York Yankees Manager
1918-1929
Succeeded by
Art Fletcher

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