Oscar Harland Stanage
Born: March 17, 1883 - Tulare, CA
Died: November 11, 1964 - Detroit, MI
Career BA: .234
Cincinnati Reds NL (1906)
Detroit Tigers AL (1909–1920, 1925)
Oscar Stanage had an interesting career as a catcher. Known to have the strongest arm in the league, he set the American League record in 1911 for assists by a catcher (212), which still stands, and he is in the top 20 of all time in that category. Stanage also led the league in games caught that year, with an amazing 141 games. On the other side of the coin, he was a weak hitter, and surprisingly, a poor defensive catcher. He had 41 errors in 1911, which is a record, and he is in the top ten for most errors at his position. His best year offensively was 1911, when he batted .264. At age 42, Stanage was one of the oldest players in the American League when he made his last MLB appearance while coaching for the Tigers. He then managed the Evansville Hubs of the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League, finishing 72–66 in 1926, and coached for the Pirates from 1927 to 1931.
– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories