Introducing… Joe Vosmik

A terrific hit machine and stellar flychaser, Joe Vosmik churned out more base hits during the 1930s than loaves of bread annually by Sara Lee.  A perennial .300 hitter, Vosmik twice led the league in base hits and had five seasons in which he had at least a dozen outfield assists.

Vosmik joined Roger Peckinpaugh’s Indians in 1930 but had to wait his turn because the Tribe had an all-300 hitting outfield in Hall of Famer Earl Averill, the underrated veteran Charlie Jamieson and Dick Porter.  But Peck gave Joe the left field job in 1931 and Vosmik didn’t disappoint.  The 21-year-old was a rookie sensation, leading Major League left fielders in triples while hitting .320 and driving home a career best 117 runs. 

Vosmik was just as good in 1932.  Teaming with Averill, they were the only outfield duo in the American League to have double-digit totals in all the extra base hit departments.  Joe smacked out 194 hits and scored 106 runs during the season.  A clever batsman, Joe made contact with remarkable consistency.  He struck out just 13 times in 1933 in 119 games played.  The following year, Joe hit .341 with just ten strikeouts.

His breakout year came in 1935 however.  Joe set the American league afire, leading the junior circuit with 216 hits, 47 doubles and 20 triples.  Joe was denied the batting title when he finished a fraction of a point behind Buddy Myer of the Senators.  That year Vosmik was the only Major Leaguer with 20 triples and he also topped AL left fielders in RBI and slugging average.  For his terrific season, he came in third in the MVP voting.

With a sharpened batting eye in 1936, Joe walked 79 times compared to just 21 strikeouts.  He hit a nifty .325 in 1937 and paced American League left fielders in doubles.  Vosmik found his way to the top of the leader board again in 1938 when his 201 hits paced the junior circuit.  He scored 121 runs, his career highwater mark, which also topped his position peers.  His batting average fell to .276 in 1939 and he spent one last year as a regular before taking a job with the American Association’s Minneapolis Millers.  Vosmik made a brief return to the Major Leagues with the Senators during World War II but was used infrequently.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,414/R 818/H 1,682/2B 335/3B 92/HR 65/RBI 874/BB 514/SO 272/BA .307/SA .438

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1 comment
  1. brettkiser said:

    One of the top hit machines of his day, Vosmik’s rather short career will keep him out of the HOF. His chances for eventual enshrinement are very weak.

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