Saturday, April 19, 2008

'Piano Legs' Explained

Louis Sockalexis's legacy was revarnished when Ed Rice's Baseball's First Indian was published in 2003. But the achievements of George "Piano Legs" Gore, a professional ballplayer from Westbrook, remain in the dustbins of history.

Born in 1857, Gore had a stellar career in professional baseball from 1879-1892. In fact, while playing for the Chicago White Stockings (who are now the Chicago Cubs, not the illiterate 'White Sox'), the New York Giants (the antecedents to the San Francisco Giants), and the St. Louis Browns (who are now the St. Louis Cardinals), Gore posted a .301 career batting average and won the 1880 National League batting title.

For more statistics, check out the Gore's Baseball-Reference page.

- John C.L. Morgan

Hat Tip: Suzan Roberts Norton

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