Buddy Myer

Buddy MyerMyer was a very good second baseman in the American League from the time he became a regular in 1926 until the outbreak of World War II. He was overshadowed by better players like Charlie Gehringer, and as a result he only made two All-Star teams. But Myer was a fine-hitter: in 1935 he won the batting title with a .349 mark. That season the Nats inserted him in the #3 spot in their lineup and he responded with a career-high 215 hits, 36 doubles, and 100 runs batted in. He was fourth in AL Most Valuable Player voting.

In 1935, the batting title, and home run and RBI titles were won by Jewish players: Myer and Detroit’s Hank Greenberg. In that era, Jewish players were victims of nearly as much prejudice as black players.

Myer is the best second baseman the Washington Senators ever had, and he earns a spot on our Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins All-Time Team.