A lifelong Washington Senator, Bluege was a sensational defender with soft hands and a strong, accurate arm. Ossie had two years of 300 plus assists but was more than just a vacuum cleaner at the hot corner. Bluege was a gifted situational hitter who rests high in the career sacrifice hits department.
Bluege got his first taste of Major League duty in 1922. Handed the starting third base job in 1923, Ossie missed some action with an injury playing under skipper Donie Bush. He, like the Washington Senators, enjoyed a breakout season in 1924 when he hit .281 during the regular season. His Senators went to the World Series and beat the Giants of New York in one the greatest Fall Classics ever played.
Ossie led all third basemen with 16 steals in 1925 as his Senators repeated as American League champs. Bluege hit a respectable .278 in the World Series, but the magic of boy wonder, skipper Bucky Harris, ran out and his squad lost to the Pirates.
Bleuge smacked out ten triples in 1927 and then led the league in getting plunked in ’28. Although Bluege was the junior circuit’s favorite model for target acquisition, he gave the Senators a bit more than a silhouette for pitchers to aim at. Ossie tied for the most runs scored by an AL third baseman that season. All the bruises caught up with Bluege in 1929 and he was limited to just 64 games in 1929. Healthy again in 1930, he hit a swell .290 for Washington with a career high 27 sacrifices.
In 1931, Ossie had his highwater mark for RBI with 98. Showcasing solid wheels, Ossie led AL third basemen with 16 steals that year as well. Always owning a fine batting eye, Bluege honed it to perfection in 1932 when he led Major League third basemen with 83 walks. He only fanned 41 times, giving him the respectable title of a man who walks twice as much as he strikes out. The following year, Ossie drove in 71 runs but when the Senators signed prodigy Cecil Travis, his days as a regular were over.
Even though Bluege lost his starting gig to the young Georgian, Bluege took it in stride and became a mentor for the hot-hitting kid. Bluege simply changed his mindset and became a valuable reserve. He platooned with Red Kress at shortstop in 1935 and then hit .288 bouncing around the infield in 1936. He ended his playing days in 1939 and later took over as Senators manager in 1943. He won the Manager of the Year Award in 1945, guiding the Senators to a second place finish.
G 1,867/R 883/H 1,751/2B 276/3B 67/HR 43/RBI 848/BB 724/SO 525/SB 140/BA .272/SA .356