posted on Apr, 17 2006 @ 12:21 PM
You two will have to split the honors, but GOOD JOB BOTH!
The man with most American League career putouts, as well as the overall MLB career record for assists, is Hubbard, Texas's, still-incredible Gray
Eagle, TRIS SPEAKER. WOW, what a player he was, and I hope some of y'all, someday, have the time and interest to read the bio I just finished reading
on him. Better player than DiMaggio for sure. Better than MAYS? No. Better peak than Mantle? Ha ha ha. Better career than Mantle? Maybe.
Better than Cobb? About 20% of those who saw both men thought so, but that means 80% didn't.
Anyway, he was one holy helluva ballplayer, and he modeled both his style of play and his on-field attitude after Ty Cobb, albeit without being nearly
so vicious, and was just as much of a bigot as Cobb until the later years of his life, albeit not violently so.
You are CORRECT as to the National League, but not as to the A.L. Joe D. had nowhere near Speaker's skills and only played 13 seasons, anyway, cuz of
WW II. But Willie Mays is exactly right, not only as the all-time National League putouts leader, but also as the all-time MAJOR LEAGUE putouts
leader. I regret to say I don't know who the NL's all-time assist leader is, but I would guess it's someone from the Dead Ball Era, when they played
station-to-station ball, tried desperately to scratch out runs, and took chances on the bases which they'd never take today. (For instance, Tris
Speaker's SB%, though only part of the record survives, seems to have been awful--and that despite the fact that, as I've said more than once here, he
and Cobb are the only two players ever to get 1,000 extra base hits NOT counting home runs (amazing feat).
Cobb, clearly, was a far superior base stealer. He also was a far superior baserunner, as Speaker racked up most of his still-record 793 doubles (!!)
by learning to inside-out the ball during his years at Fenway, and thus hit them off the Monster. Then, when he went to Cleveland, where he played
the longest and the ball park was Fenway in reverse (290 to RF line, 420 to dead center, 375 to LF line; RF wall 40 feet high), he hit skillions of
balls off the RF wall.
Cobb earned his 1,000+ doubles and triples running the bases like the psychopath he was. Speaker did it by hitting balls hard to take advantage of
the quirks of Fenway and the park they called Fenway-in-Reverse (real name, League Park).
GOOD JOB, GUYS.
[Edited on 4/18/06 by BaseballHistoryNut]