Bevo LeBourveau

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bevo LeBourveau was an outfielder 23 years from 1913-1934, six in college (1913-1918), five in the Major Leagues (1919-1922; 1929) and 14 in the minors (1918-1919; 1923-1934).

He attended Santa Clara University 1913-1918. He was a World War I Veteran (BN).

He played four years with the Philadelphia Phillies (1919-1922) and one with the Philadelphia Athletics (1929).

He was the scourge of American Association pitching, twice winning the batting championship, and he hit .349 in 1,584 minor league games with 368 doubles, 120 homeruns, 869 runs batted in and 304 stolen bases. His hitting skills resisted transfer to the majors (although his lifetime OPS+ at 92 wasn't terrible), and he never had a 100-game season. His minor league career was mostly at what we now call AAA.

He died at age 53 from a heart attack and was cremated.

Career Highlights[edit]

  • Led Pacific Coast International League in hits, 1918 (91)
  • Led Three-I League in At Bats (495), Hits (163) and doubles (27), 1919
  • Led Southern Association in triples (20), 1923.
  • Led American Association in batting, 1926 (.377)
  • Led American Association in batting, 1930 (.380)

Notable Achievement[edit]


Principal sources for Bevo LeBourveau include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs {{{WW}}} (WW), old Baseball Registers {{{BR}}} (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN {{{DAG}}} (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) {{{MORE}}} and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.

Related Sites[edit]

Find-A-Grave Memorial for Bevo LeBourveau