Major League Baseball Player. For seven seasons (1956, 1958 to 1963), he played at the catcher position with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies. The son of Hall of Fame baseball player Earl Averill, Sr., Earl Jr. was born in Cleveland, during his father's years with the Indians. He was raised in the State of Washington, where he attended Snohomish High School and later played collegiate baseball at the University of Oregon. During his years with the Ducks, he distinguished himself as he produced a .439 batting average during his sophomore year, while achieving selection to the Pacific Coast Conference's All-North Division Team three-times. Signed by the Indians as an amateur free agent in 1952, he marked his Major League debut on April 19, 1956. Chosen by Los Angeles during the 1960 Expansion Draft, he secured the starting catcher spot with the Angels and has the distinction of being on the team's roster during their inaugural season of 1961. During that year, he produced a career-high 21 home runs in 115 games-played. In 1962, he earned a place in the record books, when he reached base safely seventeen-times in consecutive plate appearances. In 449 regular season games, he compiled 249 hits with a .242 lifetime batting average. After retiring from baseball, he worked in the computer industry. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1980.
Bio by: C.S.