Lu Blue

Lu BlueIn the 1920s under manager Ty Cobb, the Detroit Tigers had one of the best hitting teams in baseball history. Blue was the first baseman for much of that decade, adept at getting on base via a hit or a walk. Blue had 820 walks in the 1920s as a matter of fact, a figure surpassed only by Babe Ruth.

Most Runs Scored, 1920-1929
Babe Ruth … 1,365
Rogers Hornsby … 1,195
Sam Rice … 1,001
Frankie Frisch … 992
Harry Heilmann … 962
Lu Blue … 896
George Sisler … 894
Charlie Jamieson … 868
Tris Speaker … 830
Ty Cobb … 830

Three Tigers are on that list, as Detroit was a run-scoring machine in that era. Unfortunately for Blue and the Tigers, Detroit’s pitching staffs were pretty bad in the 1920s, which is one of the reasons Cobb’s “Ty-gers” never won a pennant.