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 Riggs “Old Hoss” Stephenson

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Riggs “Old Hoss” Stephenson

Birth
Akron, Hale County, Alabama, USA
Death 15 Nov 1985 (aged 87)
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, USA
Burial Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 13691552 View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. He was part of the North Side Murderers' Row lineup of the Chicago Cubs that also featured Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson, Kiki Cuyler, Gabby Hartnett and Charlie Grimm. He wound up having the highest lifetime batting average in Cubs' history at .336. Born Jackson Riggs Stephenson, he was a four-sport letterman at the University of Alabama. Unfortunately, while playing quarterback, his throwing arm was injured. Without having played in the minor leagues, he made his big-league debut with the Cleveland Indians as a second baseman in 1921. When he had trouble pivoting and throwing on the double play, he saw limited playing time. He was sent to Indianapolis at the start of the 1926 season, but on June 7 he was traded with infielder Hank Schreiber to the Cubs for outfielder Joe Munson, infielder Maurice Shannon and cash. Neither player acquired by the Indians ever played for them. Stephenson hit .338 in 82 games as an outfielder in 1926. The following year manager Joe McCarthy made him his regular left fielder. He batted .344 with a National League-high 46 doubles, scored 101 runs and drove in 82. In 1928, the right-handed batter hit .324 with 36 doubles and 90 RBIs. The next year, a pennant-winning season for the Cubs, he had a .362 average with 36 doubles, 17 homers and 110 RBIs. Thus he joined Wilson and Cuyler as the only NL outfield combination to have each member drive in at least 100 runs. Wilson had 159 and Cuyler 102. Stephenson hit .316 in the Fall Classic, but the Philadelphia Athletics prevailed in five games. He played in 109 games and batted .367 in 1930, but the following year he suffered a broken ankle on July 27 and played in only 80 games. He was healthy again in 1932 as he hit .324 with 49 doubles and 85 RBIs. That year in the World Series he batted .444, but the Yankees pulled off a four-game sweep. His 14-year totals were .336 with 321 doubles, 63 homers and 773 RBIs.

Bio by: Ron Coons


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ron Coons
  • Added: 21 Mar 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 13691552
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13691552/riggs-stephenson : accessed ), memorial page for Riggs “Old Hoss” Stephenson (5 Jan 1898–15 Nov 1985), Find a Grave Memorial ID 13691552, citing Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .