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George Sisler
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Baseball Player
    (March 24, 1893-March 26, 1973)
    Played for the St. Louis Browns (1915-1927), Washington Senators (1928) and Boston Braves (1928-1930)
    Held record for most hits in a season with 257 (1920); broken by Ichiro Suzuki (2004)
    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (1939)
    His nickname was ‘Gorgeous George.’
    He was mostly forgotten until his record for hits in a season was in jeopardy (2004).
    During Ichiro’s chase and eventual overtaking of Sisler’s hits record, many Chris Berman-wannabe sportscasters kept referring to him as George ‘We Goin' To’ Sisler.
    He is considered one of the best fielding first basemen ever and the greatest player in St. Louis Browns history.
    He was left-handed.
    He was the last baseball player to hit .420.
    He never drank or used tobacco.
    Like Babe Ruth, he was a pitcher who eventually gave it up because his hitting was too good to be utilized once every four days.
    Ty Cobb, who rarely gives a compliment, called him, ‘the nearest thing to a perfect ballplayer.’
    He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
    He had his 257 hits record in a 154-game season, while Ichiro broke the record in 160 games (where’s the Roger Maris /asterisk people now?).
    A statue of him is located outside Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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