George Henry “Dode” Paskert (1881-1959) was one of the top fielding center fielders of the 1910s and extremely fleet a foot around the base paths. Known as “Dode” as one of the less intelligent players, George was a skilled centerfielder with tremendous speed and range, once referred to as “better than Amos Strunk going back for long shots… better than Tris Speaker going to his left… and able to outdistance Cobb in any direction.” Paskert came up in the Cincinnati Reds organization, but was immediately converted from a pitcher to an outfielder. Dode’s skilled in the field kept him in the lineup, despite his relatively weak bat, though he was able to post two .300 plus seasons during his 15-year career. He was a solid leadoff batter who, once on base, easily swiped the next base, thus putting himself into scoring position. He played center field for Cincinnati (1907-1919, 1921), the Philadelphia Phillies (1911-1917) and the Chicago Cubs (1918-1920). Paskert’s best season came in 1912 when he batted .315 with a .420 on-base percentage allowing him to steal 36 bases and score a career-high 102 runs. He appeared in two World Series in 1915 and 1918, losing to the Boston Red Sox in both series. Over the course of his 15-year career, Dode Paskert batted .268 with 1,613 hits including 279 doubles, scored 868 runs, stole 293 bases and drove in 577 RBI in 1,716 games. In the field he also posted a .968 fielding percentage with 257 outfield assists. In 1917 and 1918, he led all National League centerfielders in fielding percentage.