Joe Judge

Agile and diminutive, Judge set fielding standards for first basemen with graceful sure-handedness. He played from the dead-ball era to the rabbit-ball era of the 1920s and 1930s and led or tied AL first basemen in fielding six times, still an AL record. He compiled a brilliant lifetime fielding average of .993, an AL record that stood for more than 30 years. At his retirement, he also held AL career first base marks for games, putouts, double plays, and total chances, and his 131 double plays in 1922 set a since-broken AL season record.

A lefthanded thrower and hitter, his batting average topped .300 in nine full seasons. Judge was a perennial Washington favorite who, in 1924, with Bucky Harris at second base, Ossie Bluege at third base, and MVP Roger Peckinpaugh at shortstop, formed a defensive unit which is thought by many to be the best ever assembled. Judge was the baseball coach at Georgetown from 1937 to 1958, except for 1945-46, when he helped coach the Senators.