Case: My favorite player, George Case Jr.

From SABR member George Case III at The National Pastime Museum on February 10, 2014:

The World War II era of major league baseball in Washington was a very special and unique time. Because I was the son of Senators outfielder and stolen base leader George Case Jr., it has great meaning for me.

My father broke into the majors on September 8, 1937, against the Philadelphia Athletics. One of his teammates was future Hall of Famer Al Simmons, who had been Dad’s favorite player when “Bucketfoot Al” played for the A’s in 1932.

Goose Goslin, inducted with my father into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Stars in 1989, also was an outfielder for the Senators. Another future Hall of Famer, Bucky Harris, was manager. In retrospect, my father often called Harris the “best manager in baseball.”

In 1938, Dad batted .305 and followed in 1939 with a .302 average and the first of his five consecutive years leading the major league in steals. He was selected for the American League All-Star team but did not play in the game because of an injury.

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Originally published: February 10, 2014. Last Updated: February 10, 2014.