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Catfish Metkovich

Catfish Metkovich
Metkovich's 1949 Bowman Gum baseball card, during his tenure with the PCL Oakland Oaks
Outfielder / First baseman
Born: (1920-10-08)October 8, 1920
Angels Camp, California
Died: May 17, 1995(1995-05-17) (aged 74)
Costa Mesa, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
July 16, 1943, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1954, for the Milwaukee Braves
MLB statistics
Batting average .261
Home runs 47
Runs batted in 373
Teams

George Michael "Catfish" Metkovich (October 8, 1920 — May 17, 1995) was an American outfielder and first baseman in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox (1943–46), Cleveland Indians (1947), Chicago White Sox (1949), Pittsburgh Pirates (1951–53), Chicago Cubs (1953) and Milwaukee Braves (1954). Born in Angels Camp, California, to Croatian parents, Metkovich earned his nickname when he stepped on a catfish during a fishing trip and cut his foot; the injury and ensuing infection caused him to miss several games.[1]

Metkovich stood 6'1" (185 cm) tall, weighed 185 pounds (84 kg), and batted and threw left-handed. He helped the Red Sox win the 1946 American League pennant as the team's semi-regular right fielder.

Metkovich's early career was spent in the "Junior Circuit," but his salad days were in the National League of the early 1950s. He finished 38th in voting for the 1952 National League Most Valuable Player, playing in 125 games and having 373 at bats, 41 runs scored, 101 hits, 18 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, 41 runs batted in, 5 stolen bases, 32 walks, .271 batting Average, .335 on-base percentage, .391 slugging percentage, 146 total bases and 5 sacrifice hits. In his 10 MLB seasons he played in 1,055 games, batting .261 with 934 hits, 47 homers and 373 RBI.

He managed in the Pacific Coast League of the late 1950s with the San Diego Padres. In 2013, Metkovich was inducted posthumously in the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

He died in Costa Mesa, California, at the age of 74.

References

  1. ^ The Sporting News, 1954 Baseball Register, page 105

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • Catfish Metkovich at Find a Grave
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