Note: This page is for 1920s-1940s pitcher and manager George Mitchell; for the politician and executive click here.
George Fredrick Mitchell
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 202 lb.
George Mitchell was the twin brother of Robert Mitchell; the two formed a battery together with the 1924 St. Louis Stars, George's first year. George played for the Indianapolis ABCs in 1925 (0-10) and 1926 (6-4).
Mitchell went 9-6 with a 2.43 RA for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1927, finishing second in the Negro National League in RA behind William Bell. George had a 14-12 record for the 1928 Detroit Stars, tying Bill Foster for third in the NNL in wins behind Ted Trent and Carl Glass. Mitchell fell to 4-7 in 1929 and also hit .268.
In 1930, Mitchell was worse yet at 1-8 for the Chicago American Giants. He rebounded in 1931, going 14-3 with a 2.56 RA for the ABCs and hitting .245. He led the NNL in victories, three ahead of Ray Brown. Mitchell's roller-coaster career turned back downward at 0-3 with the Cleveland Stars in 1932.
Mitchell kept appearing in limited roles after that, with the Detroit Stars in 1933, the ABCs in 1938 and St. Louis Stars in 1939. He coached for the West in the East-West Games of 1939. In 1941, he managed the St. Louis Stars to a 20-12 record, second in the Negro American League behind only the Monarchs. George was coaching for the West in the 1941 East-West Game when he was summoned to pinch-hit for Billy Horne in the 9th inning. He did not get to bat against Bill Byrd; with his team down, 8-3, Jimmie Crutchfield was caught stealing to end the game.
- NAL All-Star (1941)
- NNL Wins Leader (1931)
- NNL Games Pitched Leader (1928)
- Other Postseason Appearance: 1939
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1938||Indianapolis ABCs||Negro American League||17-20||6th||Indianapolis ABCs|
|1939||St. Louis Stars||Negro American League||15-20||6th||St. Louis Stars||Lost League Finals|
|1940||St. Louis-New Orleans Stars||Negro American League||22-22||4th||St. Louis Stars|
|1941||St. Louis-New Orleans Stars||Negro American League||17-24||3rd||St. Louis Stars|
- Black Baseball's National Showcase by Larry Lester
- The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley
- The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues by John Holway