Milt Stock remains the only player in baseball history to have posted four consecutive games of four base hits. A couple years ago, Rafael Furcal of the Dodgers had three straight four hit games but failed to match Stock in the fourth contest. Forced to retire early because of injury, Stock became a successful minor league manager who won four pennants in the bushes.
Stock got his first look with John McGraw’s Giants in 1913. McGraw handed Milt the starting third base job in 1914 when the upstart Federal League raided the rosters of the National and American leagues. As a rookie in ’14, Milt hit a respectable .263. After the season McGraw used the 20-year-old Stock to acquire fleet-footed third baseman Hans Lobert from the Phillies. He hit .281 in 1916 and then paced all third basemen in stolen bases during the 1917 season.
In 1918, Stock finished third in batting average among NL third basemen with a decent .274 average. Traded to the Cardinals with catcher Pickles Dillhoefer for the 1919 season, Milt raised his batting average to .307, rotating between third base and second base with Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby.
Milt hit .319 in 1920 and was the only National League third baseman to reach 200 base hits and hit .300. The following year, Stock led the league in sacrifices. Throughout his career, the selfless Stock notched a number of sacrifice hits and he currently rests in the Top 50 all-time in the overlooked department.
Stock posted his fourth straight year of .300+ hitting in 1922 when he hit the apple at a .305 clip. The St. Louis hot corner custodian paced National League third basemen in hits and doubles. He smacked out 33 doubles in 1923, which topped his NL position peers. But his best year was still to come. In 1925, Milt hit .328 (a career high), stroked 202 base hits, and scored 98 runs. But Milt’s career was cut short to injury in 1926 and he was forced to hang up his spikes.
G 1,628/R 839/H 1,806/2B 270/3B 58/HR 22/RBI 696/BB 455/SO 321/SB 155/BA .289/SA .361