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Greek George

Charles Peter George
Born: Dec. 25, 1912 in Waycross, Ga.
Died: Aug. 15, 1999 in Metairie, La.
Debut: 1935 | Pos: C
H: 6'2" | W: 200 | B: R | T: R
5 118 299 15 53 0 24 0 .177

>> Visit the Greek George biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.

Charles "Greek" George, who was the catcher in Bob Feller's major league debut, died on Aug. 15, 1999 in Metairie, La. He was 86.

Feller recorded 17 strikeouts in the game and it was enough to give George the American League record for putouts at the time. The record has been broken since then.

George played in parts of five seasons in the majors and finished with a .177 average in 299 major-league at-bats. He played for the Indians, Dodgers, Cubs and Athletics.

His career ended when he was banned from the game for 90 days after exchanging punches with an umpire. According to his obituary, George had maintained that the umpire had provoked the incident by insulting him.