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August John "Augie" Galan (May 23, 1912 – December 28, 1993) was an American professional baseball outfielder. He played sixteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1934 to 1949 for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Athletics. Galan threw right-handed and began his career as a switch hitter, however, starting in the latter part of 1943, he became strictly a left-handed hitter until the end of his career.

Augie Galan
Born: (1912-05-23)May 23, 1912
Berkeley, California
Died: December 28, 1993(1993-12-28) (aged 81)
Fairfield, California
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 29, 1934, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1949, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.287
Home runs100
Runs batted in830
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

One of eight children, Galan’s parents had emigrated from France in the late 19th century, and his father operated a French hand laundry on Berkeley’s University Avenue. At age 11 he broke his right elbow playing sandlot ball. He concealed the injury from his parents, fearful of being barred from further play. The arm was never set, healed improperly, and it was never fully healthy throughout Galan's professional career. He graduated from Berkeley High School.[1][2]

Minor leaguesEdit

Galan started in the Texas League and graduated to the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League in 1932. In 1933 he was PCL Most Valuable Player, and in 1934 was purchased by the Cubs.[2]

Major LeaguesEdit

In a 16-season big-league career, Galan posted a .287 batting average with 1,706 hits, 100 home runs and 830 runs batted in in 1,742 games played. In 1937, Galan was the first player National Leaguer to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in a game.[3] Galan was selected to three National League All-Star teams and homered off Schoolboy Rowe in the 1936 contest to help power the senior circuit to a 4–3 victory. He also played in three World Series (1935 and 1938 with the Cubs, and 1941 with the Dodgers), but his teams never won. Galan collected four fall classic hits in 29 total at bats (.138). He reached the .300 plateau six times.

In 1935, he became the first full-time player to make 649 plate appearances and not hit into a double play,[4] though he hit into a triple play.[5] That year, he led the National League with 133 runs scored. Often injured (he broke his knee in 1940), Galan had a deformed arm from a childhood injury. The knee injury eventually forced him to give up batting from the right side of the plate.

Later lifeEdit

After leaving the major leagues in 1949, Galan returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and played two more seasons with the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League, then managed the club to a 77–103 record (seventh place) in 1953. He joined the Philadelphia Athletics' coaching staff in 1954, their last year in that city, and went on to spend 17 years as a minor league coach and manager in the Athletics' organization.[6]

Galan died in 1993 in Fairfield, California at 81 years of age. He was survived by his wife of 40 years, Shirley, and four children, Karen Dumont of Redding, Calif., Adrianne Hain of Napa, Calif, Augie Jr. of Portland, Ore. and Darcy Rafferty of Newark, N.J.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ King, Greg. "Augie Galan". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bojanowski, Mike. "The Top 100 Cubs Of All Time – #44 Augie Galan". SB Nationdate=January 6, 2007. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Solomon, Abbot Neil, "Baseball Records Illustrated", Quintet Publishing, London, 1988.
  4. ^ "Single Season Grounding Into Double Play Records". Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "Reds Stop Cubs, 8-4 Triple Play Aiding – Cincinnati Batsmen Tally Four Runs in 12th After Three-Ply Killing in 11th – Derringer Goes Route – Reached for 16 Hits, Including Homer by Lindstrom, But Strikes Out Ten". New York Times. Associated Press. April 22, 1935. p. 20. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Augie Galan". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Augie Galan, Baseball Player, 81". New York Times. December 30, 1993. Retrieved September 29, 2017.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mel Ott
Oakland Oaks manager
Succeeded by
Chuck Dressen