Duffy Lewis

  • Card series: Diamond Heads '15
  • City: Boston
  • Team: Red Sox
  • League: American League

George Edward Lewis (1888-1979) turned 18 on April 18, 1906 and thought he’d never see 19. His home town of San Francisco was rocked by quake and fire but Lewis survived to play college and minor league ball before Boston Red Sox owner John Taylor trekked all the way to the coast to personally sign this promising youngster. Lewis didn’t endear himself to his teammates in 1910 — too pushy for a rookie, didn’t defer to Speaker, Hooper, et. al. But his bat justified his cockiness and Lewis quickly emerged as one of Boston’s finest. Long before the Green Monster, eternally quirky Fenway sported an incline up to the left field fence. No one mastered that terrain like Lewis and the geography became “Duffy’s Cliff.” Went on to anchor left for perhaps the best defensive outfield ever. Three Series’ titles and league leadership in most hitting categories followed.

  • Witness to the Babe’s first and last HRs, the final while coaching the Braves (1931-35)
  • Proudly recounted the time he pinch hit for Ruth, 7/11/14, and won the game
  • Only member of the famed OF trio not to be inducted into the Hall

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