The 8th Scariest Hitter In Postseason History: Turkey Stearnes
Undoubtedly in possession of one of the most unique names in MLB history, Turkey Stearnes was one of the scariest postseason players ever. Try if you want, but there’s simply no downplaying him.
Stearnes was terrific when the bright lights turned on. Over the course of his career, he ranks fifth all-time in batting average at .417. He’s also second in slugging percentage at .771. But before Stearnes became an all-timer in the postseason, his career was both vastly under-appreciated and swept under the rug.
In Stearnes’ first season in the Negro League League, he registered 101 hits. Yet, he didn’t come close to making an All-Star team. Stearnes would then go on to record at least 100 hits in five of his next six seasons including a career-high 136 in 1925 for the Detroit Stars.
Stearnes’ career wasn’t truly recognized until approximately ten years later when he played for the Chicago American Giants Statistics. He would go on to pick up five All-Star selections in his final few years in the league. His exploits in the postseason were terrific along the way but his teams were never quite good enough to pocket a World Series Championship.