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Vic Saier

Vic Saier
First baseman
Born: (1891-05-04)May 4, 1891
Lansing, Michigan
Died: May 14, 1967(1967-05-14) (aged 76)
East Lansing, Michigan
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 3, 1911 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
August 5, 1919 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting average .263
Home runs 55
Runs batted in 395
Teams

Career highlights and awards

  • Led NL in triples in 1913

Victor Sylvester Saier (May 4, 1891 – May 14, 1967) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball from 1911 to 1919. He played for the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Saier stood at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) and weighed 185 lbs.[1]

Career

Vic Saier was born in Lansing, Michigan, and attended St. Mary's High School.[1] He started his professional baseball career in 1910. In his first season, with the Lansing Senators, he led the Southern Michigan League in hits, doubles, and total bases,[2] and he was purchased by the Chicago Cubs for $1,500.[1]

Saier joined the Cubs in 1911. During his rookie season, starting first baseman, manager, and future Hall of Famer Frank Chance got injured, and Saier replaced him.[3] He batted .259 in 86 games.[1] The next season, he raised his average to .288 in his first season as an MLB starter; in 1913, he hit his peak, setting career-highs in nearly every offensive category while leading the National League in triples, with 21.[1]

In July 1915, Saier was leading the league in runs batted in when he suffered a leg injury that kept him out of the lineup for three weeks.[3] He continued to put up decent numbers, but then he injured his leg again early in 1917 that sidelined him for almost the entire year.[4] Saier was then purchased by the Pirates before 1919. After batting just .223 in 58 games that season, he was released.[3]

Saier was married and had two daughters and a son. He died in East Lansing, Michigan, at the age of 76.[3]

See also

References

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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