Clyde Milan

In 1912 Clyde Milan stole 88 bases to top Ty Cobb and lead the American League, breaking Cobb’s single-season record of 83 stolen bases set the previous year. He beat Cobb and Eddie Collins again in 1913, leading with 75 stolen bases, but Cobb regained the title and the record with 96 steals in 1915. Milan stole 495 bases lifetime. According to longtime owner Clark Griffith, he was the best centerfielder the Senators ever had. He played shallow, using his speed to catch up with deep fly balls. He was signed on the same scouting trip that netted Washington Walter Johnson, and the pair were roommates – well matched because of their gentle temperaments – for the next 15 years. Milan was the Senators’ player-manager in 1922 but was considered too easygoing. He managed in the minors until 1937, when he returned to Washington as a coach. He was 65 when, hitting fungos in the heat of spring training, he had a fatal heart attack. His brother Horace was also a Senators outfielder in 1915 and 1917.