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Duffy Lewis

Duffy Lewis of the Boston Red Sox at Comiskey Park in 1912.

George Edward "Duffy" Lewis (April 18, 1888 – June 17, 1979), born in San Francisco, California, was a left fielder and left-handed batter who played Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox (1910–17), New York Yankees (1919–20) and Washington Senators (1921).

Duffy Lewis, Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper – Boston's famous "Million-Dollar Outfield". Photo: The Boston Globe archives.

In Boston, Lewis belonged to the outfield trio which included Tris Speaker (CF) and Harry Hooper (RF) and is considered perhaps the best ever in fielding skill. At bat, Lewis was a renowned line-drive hitter who consistently finished in the top ten in most offensive categories despite a short career which was interrupted by World War I.

In 11 seasons, Lewis batted .284 with 38 home runs, 793 RBI, 612 runs, 1518 hits, 289 doubles, 68 triples, and 113 stolen bases in 1459 games.

Duffy Lewis died in Salem, New Hampshire at 91 years of age. He was selected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002.

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  • From 1912 to 1933, there was a 10-foot-high mound that formed an incline in front of the left field wall at Fenway Park. Duffy Lewis, Boston's first star left fielder, played the steep 10-foot embankment so well, it became known as Duffy's Cliff. Gary Shultz, at Baseball Reference

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