Name: George Alexander Selkirk
Induction: August 3, 1983
Born (date, year, place): January 4, 1908 in Huntsville, Ontario
Died (date, year, place): January 19, 1987 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Primary Position: Outfielder
Years Played: 1934 to 1942
Teams Played: New York Yankees
Dubbed “Twinkletoes” for his distinct running style, George Selkirk was arguably the greatest Canadian baseball player of the first half of the 20th century. Suiting up alongside baseball immortals like Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey, the Hunstville native is best known as the man that replaced Babe Ruth in right field for the Bronx Bombers.
Wearing the Bambino’s famous No. 3, Selkirk excelled during his nine-year big league career with the Yankees. His major league resume boasts two all-star selections, five .300+ seasons and two 100-RBI campaigns. Selkirk was equally impressive in the postseason, belting a home run in his first World Series at bat in 1936. In all, the talented outfielder was part of five World Series-winning teams, the most of any Canadian.
From 1943 to 1945, Selkirk served in the U.S. Navy. When he returned, he was employed as a player/manager with the Yankees top farm team in Newark. After his playing days were over, Selkirk served as supervisor of player personnel with the Kansas City Athletics in 1957 and as the general manager of the Washington Senators from 1964 to 1969.
CAREER MAJOR LEAGUE STATISTICS
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