Preston Rudolph “Rudy” York (1913-1970) replaced hank Greenberg at first base in 1940 and blasted 33 home runs as Greenberg clouted 41 that season. In York’s 1937 rookie season, he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record for round-trippers in a month (18) and drove in 49 runs, setting another record. Rudy played first base and catcher over 13 seasons for the Detroit Tigers (1934, 1937-1945), Boston Red Sox (1947), Chicago White Sox (1947) and Philadelphia Athletics (1948). York enjoyed 11 seasons of 100 or more hits, six seasons of 100 or more RBI and four seasons with 30 or more home runs, leading the American League in 1943 in home runs (34) and RBI (118). He was a seven0time All-Star selection and was a member of the 1945 World Series champion Tigers team. Though not a great defensive player, York still posted a .990 fielding percentage with 12,308 putouts and 1,167 assists over his career. He was incredibly successful at the plate, especially with runners in scoring position, clouting 12 grand slams in his career. Rudy York retried with a .275 career batting average with 1,621 hits including 291 doubles and 277 home runs, 876 runs scored and 1,152 RBI.