Joe Gordon Essentials
Bats: R Throws: R
Born: February 18, 1915 in Los Angeles, CA USA
Died: 4 14 1978 in Sacramento, CA USA
Last Game: 9/30/1950
Hall of Fame: Inducted as a Player in 2009 by Veterans
Full Name: Joseph Lowell Gordon
Steady Joe Gordon hit 20 or more home runs seven times in his 11-year career, which was interrupted by military service in World War II. Despite playing in poor parks for his right-handed power, Gordon socked more than 250 home runs, setting an AL career record for homers by a second baseman. He was also a fine defensive player who won five World Series rings with the Yankees and Indians.
Quotes About Joe Gordon
“If there’s any doubt about Gordon’s infielding ability, it was dispelled today when the Oregon flash approached a record in successful chances. In the nightcap Joe Handled 17 chances without a flaw. Fifteen of these were handled in nine innings as he missed the modern nine-inning record by two.” — James P. Dawson of the New York Times, reporting on the Yankees’ doubleheader of July 4, 1938.
Best Season: 1948
Yes, he won the MVP Award in 1942, but in 1948 Gordon was a more complete player. His defense was slightly better and he was playing in a league with all of its’ stars. Gordon helped the Indians to their first pennant in 28 seasons, batting .280 with 77 walks, 96 runs, 32 homers, 124 RBI and a .507 slugging percentage. He was second in the AL to Joe DiMaggio in home runs and finished sixth in MVP voting.
Joe Gordon collected exactly 1,000 hits and played exactly 1,000 games for the New York Yankees.
Gordon and Doerr
Gordon made nine All-Star Games, Bobby Doerr was named to ten. In 1939, 1940, 1942, 1947, and 1948, Gordon started the Mid-Summer Classic; in the years they were both in the game, Doerr started in 1941, 1943, 1944, 1946 (in 1943-1944 Gordon was in the war). In 1949, Doerr wasn’t named, Cass Michaels was the starter, and Gordon entered the game in place of Michaels. The fact is, All-Star voters picked Gordon over Doerr head-to-head almost every year. Of course, his managers were usually managing the All-Star Game, but the fact still remains that many people who saw Gordon and Doerr play, selected Gordon as the better player. Gordon finally got into Cooperstown with Doerr in 2009.