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Baseball Player
    (April 4, 1888-December 8, 1958)
    Born in Hubbard, Texas
    Professional baseball player
    Considered among the greatest center fielders of all time
    Played for the Boston Red Sox (1907-1915), Cleveland Indians (1916-1926), Washington Senators (1927) and Philadelphia Athletics (1928)
    Player/Manager for the A's (1919-1926)
    Lifetime batting average of .344
    As of 2010, held major league records for career doubles (792) and outfield assists (449)
    Won the World Series in 1912, 1915, and 1920
    Inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1937, the second year of its existence
    He was overshadowed by Ty Cobb during his playing days and is little remembered today.
    He was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
    Despite his high lifetime batting average and hitting over .380 five times, he won only one batting title.
    He played during the 'dead ball' era so his potential as a power hitter will never be known.
    He once said, 'It would be useless for any player to attempt to explain successful batting.'
    Tris was short for Tristam.
    He has some of the most amazing statistics in the history of baseball; among other accomplishments; he was the first player to hit fifty doubles and steal fifty bases in the same season, he's the all-time leader in double plays and unassisted double plays by an outfielder, 432 stolen bases, 3514 hits, and a lifetime slugging percentage of .500 without ever striking out more than 25 times in a season!
    In his finest season, 1912, he played in every game, hit .383, with 53 doubles and 10 home runs, had a slugging percentage of .567 and had 52 steals, which stood as the Red Sox single season record until 1973.
    He founded two separate charities for children; the Cleveland Society for Crippled Children and Camp Cheerful.
    When Larry Doby became the first African American player in the American League, Speaker personally sheparded him through the year, which Doby thanked him for when he (Doby) was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
    He was a lefty.
    He never had any type of scandal attached to his name.

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