George Florian McBride (1880-1973) was a clutch-hitting shortstop who played for four different Major League Baseball teams in the first half of the 20th century, and in 1921 succeeded Clark Griffith as manager of the Washington Senators – becoming only the second manager in that team’s franchise. McBride made a brief three-game appearance for the Milwaukee Brewers (1901), managing only a dozen at-bats before heading to the minor leagues. When he returned to the MLB, McBride signed on with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1905) before being traded mid-year to the St. Louis Cardinals (1905-1906), where he served primarily in a supporting role. McBride finally gained some recognition as the everyday shortstop with the Washington Senators (1908-1920), where he batted .221. Perhaps his best season came in 1911, as he batted a career high .235 with 58 hits and 59 RBIs. He also led the American League in fielding for four consecutive years (1912-1915). As manager of the Senators (1921), he took the team to an 80-73 record, but was forced to retire after he was struck in the face toward the end of the season, resulting in partial paralysis. A lifetime .218 batter, McBride had 447 RBIs with seven home runs during his professional career.
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