Washington Senators’ George Case (Photo by Conlon Photography/Sports Studio Photos/Getty Images)
No. 5: Washington Senators’ George Case
Years with the Washington Senators: 1937-1945, 1947 (10 Seasons)
Key Stats with the Washington Senators: 1108 G, 1306 H, 739 R, 20 HR, 355 RBI, 321 SB, 392 BB, .288 BA, 18.3 WAR, -1.9 dWAR, Three Top-25 MVP Finishes, Three Time All-Star
Like many Washington Senators on this list during this time, George Case never got to experience a World Series. Case played for the team during a time when the Senators lacked the pitching necessary to win a title, but he played well enough himself.
Though Case could never hit for power, the left fielder was excellent at making contact. He finished his Senators career with a .288 batting average and 1,306 career hits and both marks place him in the top twenty-five all time in team history.
He also managed to score a lot of runs because of his speed, averaging about seventy-four runs per season. That speed also helped him go down as one of the best base stealers in franchise history, stealing 321 bases, third-best in team history. His defense was okay, as his dWAR mark of -1.9 is a pretty good rating for a left fielder, but without his speed, Case would not be on this list.
George Case finished his career with a WAR of 18.3, fourth best among left fielders, helping making the Senators interesting to watch over the beginning of the end of their time on the East Coast. His impressive hitting numbers and stellar work as a leadoff hitter make him an easy choice for this list.