Turkey Stearnes

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Norman Thomas Stearnes

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2000

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Turkey Stearnes was a longtime member of the Detroit Stars and one of the Negro Leagues' most prolific sluggers.

He was primarily a center fielder

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 5-time All-Star (1933-1935, 1937 & 1939)
  • 2-time NNL Batting Average Leader (1929 & 1931)
  • 3-time NNL On-Base Percentage Leader (1929, 1931 & 1935)
  • 2-time NNL Slugging Percentage Leader (1929 & 1931)
  • 2-time NNL OPS Leader (1929 & 1931)
  • NAL At-Bats Leader (1939)
  • NAL Runs Scored Leader (1939)
  • NNL Hits Leader (1925)
  • 2-time NNL Total Bases Leader (1925 & 1931)
  • NAL Singles Leader (1939)
  • NNL Doubles Leader (1926)
  • 6-time NNL Triples Leader (1923-1925, 1927, 1934 & 1937)
  • 7-time League Home Runs Leader (1924/NNL, 1925/NNL, 1928/NNL, 1931/NNL, 1932/NSL, 1939/NAL & 1940/NAL)
  • 2-time NNL RBI Leader (1925 & 1927)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 2000

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1937 Detroit Stars Negro American League 0-3 6th Detroit Stars Replaced Percy Miller (14-16)
and Roosevelt Cox (1-6)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Gemma Kaneko: "Turkey Stearnes, Negro Leagues legend: It's nearly Thanksgiving, so let's celebrate baseball's greatest Turkey", mlb.com, November 24, 2020. [1]
  • Bill Ladson: "Turkey Stearnes excelled in 'unorthodox' way", mlb.com, January 31, 2021. [2]

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