George Stovall

Hot-tempered George Stovall played more games at first base for the Indians than anyone but Hal Trosky. His fine scoop of third baseman Bill Bradley’s low throw saved, and ended, Addie Joss‘s perfect game in 1908. The Cleveland captain engineered a one-day “strike” in 1911 so the team could attend Joss’s funeral in Toledo. Popular with the players, Stovall became Cleveland manager 17 games into the 1911 season, but was sold in January to the Browns, managing them from June 1912 until late in 1913. Stovall was the first star to join the Federal League, and convinced others to follow. He later was president of the Association of Professional Ball Players of America. His brother, pitcher Jesse Stovall, compiled an 8-14 record with the Indians and Tigers in 1903 and 1904.