Ossie Bluege spent five decades in the employment of the Griffith family, first as a ballplayer, then as a manager, and finally in the front office, where he served so long he moved with the franchise to Minnesota. Bluege was a slick third baseman who stayed in the major leagues for 18 seasons almost exclusively because of his glovework, and played in all three of the World Series that the Senators ever appeared in. At the hot corner, Bluege led the American League in double plays on three occasions, and assists four times.
Facts About Ossie Bluege
Otto Bluege, his younger brother, played parts of two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds in the early 1930s. Otto, also a infielder, was a very good defensive player like his brother, but he coldn’t hit a lick.
Joe Judge and Sam Rice were Ossie’s teammates for eight seasons apiece, during the heyday of the Nats.
Second baseman Buddy Myer played with Bluege for 14 years.
Bluege twice lost his starting job to Cecil Travis.
The emergence of teenager Buddy Lewis in 1936 sent Bluege to the bench. The last four seasons of his career, Bluege was essentially a utility man.