New Arrival: Gene Woodling, LF, Cleveland Indians

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Gene Woodling was born in Akron, Ohio and signed out of Akron East High School with the Cleveland Indians in 1940.

Woodling hit really well in the minors, but just as he finally started getting some time in the big leagues World War II came calling and he enlisted in the Navy.  Like many ball players, he spend most of the war playing baseball, mostly in Hawaii while stationed at Pearl Harbor.

When the war ended he returned to the Tribe, but they refused to play him.  Despite his excellent numbers in the minors, the Cleveland brass had it stuck in their heads that he was not a good hitter.  So they traded him to the Pirates for catcher Al Lopez for the 1947 season.

In 1947 Lopez would be the Indians backup catcher.  He would hit .262 with a 64 OPS+ and .326 OBP.  He would retired at the end of the season.

Woodling would go on to play for 15 more seasons, hitting .286 with a .389 OBP and 124 OPS+ while playing for the Pirates, Yankees, Baltimore, Washington and even the Indians (for two seasons).  He would get Top 30 MVP votes in six seasons, and was an All-Star in 1959.

Year Age Tm G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+ Awards
1943 20 CLE 8 25 1 5 1 3 .320 .346 .946 183
1944 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1945 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Military Service)
1946 23 CLE 61 133 0 9 16 13 .188 .280 .536 55
1947 24 PIT 22 79 0 10 7 5 .266 .326 .667 75
1949 26 NYY 112 296 5 44 52 21 .270 .381 .793 110
1950 27 NYY 122 449 6 60 70 31 .283 .381 .793 105
1951 28 NYY 120 420 15 71 62 37 .281 .373 .835 129 MVP-26
1952 29 NYY 122 408 12 63 59 31 .309 .397 .870 148 MVP-21
1953 30 NYY 125 395 10 58 82 29 .306 .429 .898 146 MVP-23
1954 31 NYY 97 304 3 40 53 35 .250 .358 .710 98
1955 32 TOT 126 404 8 53 60 33 .257 .354 .737 99
1955 32 BAL 47 145 3 18 24 18 .221 .329 .681 90
1955 32 CLE 79 259 5 35 36 15 .278 .368 .769 104
1956 33 CLE 100 317 8 38 69 29 .262 .395 .787 107
1957 34 CLE 133 430 19 78 64 35 .321 .408 .929 153 MVP-15
1958 35 BAL 133 413 15 65 66 49 .276 .378 .806 128
1959 ★ 36 BAL 140 440 14 77 78 35 .300 .402 .856 138 AS,MVP-16
1960 37 BAL 140 435 11 62 84 40 .283 .401 .815 123 MVP-24
1961 38 WSA 110 342 10 57 50 24 .313 .403 .873 140
1962 39 TOT 125 297 10 40 48 27 .276 .379 .803 116
1962 39 WSA 44 107 5 16 24 5 .280 .421 .879 137
1962 39 NYM 81 190 5 24 24 22 .274 .353 .758 103
17 Yrs 1796 5587 147 830 921 477 .284 .386 .817 123
162 Game Avg. 162 504 13 75 83 43 .284 .386 .817 123
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/19/2014.
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