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Heinie Manush
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Baseball Player
    (July 20, 1901-May 12, 1971)
    Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama
    Birth name was Henry Emmett Manush
    Outfielder for the Detroit Tigers (1923-27), St. Louis Browns (1928-30), Washington Senators (1930-35), Boston Red Sox (1936), Brooklyn Dodgers (1937-38), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1938-39)
    .330 batting average
    2,524 hits
    American League batting champion (1926)
    One-time All-Star (1934)
    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee (1964)
    Heinie? Really?
    He twice led the league in being hit by pitches (1923-24).
    His batting average went into a slump during his second season when Ty Cobb tried to improve his stance and technique. (Cobb eventually admitted that Manush was a ‘natural’ hitter and it had been a mistake to try to change him based on the ‘science’ of hitting.)
    He was ejected from Game Four of the 1933 World Series after getting into an argument with umpire Charlie Moran during which he grabbed Moran’s bow tie and ‘pulled it two feet away from his neck and then let it snap right back into his gullet.’
    On the last day of the 1926 season, he got six hits in nine innings during a doubleheader, to overtake Babe Ruth for the batting title (and deprive Ruth of the Triple Crown as well).
    He set a still-standing (as of 2020) record by reaching 100 hits in the 60th game of the 1934 season.
    In an opening scene set on a train in ‘Obliging Young Lady’ (1942), Edmond O’Brien repeats ‘Heinie Manush’ to the rhythm of the rails until the other riders pick it up.

Credit: C. Fishel

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