An iron-man first baseman for the Pirates in the 1930s, Gus Suhr was an exceptional talent who had just an eleven year career in the Majors. Gus once played in over 800 consecutive games and was a sensational extra-base hitter. He had seven Top Five finishes in the triples department and had four consecutive years of 30+ doubles, 10+ triples and 10+ homeruns.
A rookie sensation for the Pirates in 1930, Suhr drove in 107 runs as a freshman with a nifty .380 on-base percentage and a .480 slugging average. But the fabled Sophomore Jinx bit him in 1931. In ’32, he still wasn’t back on track but he had sharp pitch recognition skills, indicated by his 63 walks compared to just 39 strikeouts. He returned to top form in a big way in 1933. Gus led National League first basemen in walks, doubles and triples. The strapping first baseman was also the only infielder in the senior circuit to post double-digit totals in every extra base hit department.
Suhr posted his second 100 RBI season in 1934 when he led Major League first basemen with thirteen three-baggers. A nifty defender as well, Gus finished second in both fielding percentage at first base and putouts. The following year he paced National League first basemen in walks before his greatest season in 1936. In Suhr’s stellar ’36 campaign, he led NL first basemen in RBI, runs scored and doubles. Named to the All-Star Team, Gus enjoyed highwater marks in batting average (.312), on-base percentage (.410), RBI (118), runs scored (111) and base hits (182).
In 1937, Gus chased home 97 teammates and had the best walk to strikeout ratio among National League first basemen. Always adept at legging out three-baggers, Gus’ 14 triples were good for second in the league. He posted an identical 14 triples season in 1938, which gave him a seven-year string of ten or more triples. With his power production in decline during the 1939 season, the Pirates dealt Gus to Philadelphia where he ended his Major League career the following season.
G 1,435/R 714/H 1,446/2B 288/3B 114/HR 84/RBI 818/SB 53/BB 718/SO 433/BA. 279/OBP 368/SA .428