33¢ George Sisler
Legends of Baseball
Issue Date: July 6, 2000
City: Atlanta, GA
Printed by: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 11.25
The Legends of Baseball issue honors 20 baseball greats who were named to the "All-Century Team," announced after the 1999 season. Votes from fans, as well as members of a special panel, selected the team.
Agile first baseman George Sisler (1893-1973) was one of baseball’s greatest players in all areas – fielding, throwing, hitting, and base-running. Both the St. Louis Browns and Pittsburgh Pirates offered Sisler spots on their teams. In 1915, Sisler made his major league debut as a pitcher with St. Louis. He moved to first base in 1918, but could be seen on the mound occasionally.
Sisler’s batting average topped .400 twice, and he earned two batting titles. In 1920, Sisler played a full 154 games, and set a major league record with 257 base hits. His most impressive year may have been 1922, when he batted .420 and had a 41-game hitting streak.
Sisler was a skilled fielder who is remembered for making great plays. During one such play, Sisler moved away from his base to field a hard drive. Assuming the pitcher would come off the mound to cover first, Sisler lobbed the ball toward the bag. When he realized the pitcher was not there, Sisler ran to first and caught his own throw for the out.
After his great 1922 season, Sisler’s health problems sidelined him in 1923. He later admitted he was never the same player again. Sisler began managing the Browns in 1924, and remained active in baseball many more years. He joined the Hall of Fame in 1939.