No. 2: Washington Senator’s Heinie Manush
Years with the Washington Senators: 1930-1935 (6 Seasons)
Key Stats with the Washington Senators: 792 G, 1078 H, 576 R, 47 HR, 491 RBI, 29 SB, 205 BB, .328 BA, 21.1 WAR, -2.4 dWAR, 1926 Batting Title, Two Top-25 MVP Finishes, One Time All-Star, 1933 AL Pennant, Hall of Fame
You may have heard of Heinie Manush because of his odd nickname, one he earned because of his German ancestry, or because of his spot in baseball’s hall of fame, but Manush was one of the Senators’ top players during their 1933 run to the American League Pennant.
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Manush played with six different teams over his seventeen-year career, but he played more games with the Senators than with any other team. Manush was an outstanding hitter, averaging a .328 batting average with the franchise and averaging 180 hits per season.
His hitting helped him score 576 times and knock in 491 RBI, all of which help make up his WAR of 21.1 (half of his career WAR). He also was a solid defender, using his baseball smarts to make up for his lack of power (47 home runs) and speed (29 stolen bases).
Manush’s best baseball memory was of his time playing with the Senators in the 1933 World Series, helping them make it back to the postseason after a nine year absence. Heinie Manush proved to be one of the most valuable players in team history, earning the Hall-of-Famer the number two spot on this list.