A Dozen Things You Should Know About George Gore

George Gore with the Giants

1. Gore was born in Maine in 1855.

2. After playing for a local paper mill team, he spent a couple of years in the Minors in New England.

3. He made the Majors in 1879 with the Chicago White Stockings, hitting .263 with and OPS of .642.

4. In 1880 he had his career year. He was 26. He hit .360 with an OPB of .399, a slugging percentage of .463, and OPS of .862, and OSP+ of 185. He led the National League in no other major offensive categories.

5. In 1885 and 1886 Chicago played in the 19th Century’s version of the World Series. He was terrible.

6. Gore was known as a “high liver” (primarily liquor and “loose women”)  in Chicago and there were allegations that he had been paid to play terribly in the 1886 Series. He was traded to New York for the 1887 season.

7. In both 1888 and 1889, Gore played center field for the World Champion Giants. His reputation for booze and “loose women” continued, especially when he had a bad 1888. He rebounded by having a great  Championship Series in  1888 and  had good numbers in both the 1889 regular season and the Series.

8. In 1890 he jumped to the fledgling Player’s League, putting up career numbers in on base percentage, slugging, and OPS.

9.  With the demise of the Player’s League he was back in New York for 1891 and 1892. He did poorly and was traded to the Cardnals before the end of the ’92 season. It was the end of his Major League career.

10. He played a little Minor League ball in 1894, went through a sensational divorce the same year (remember the “loose women” comment earlier), then retired permanently from baseball. He died in Utica, New York in 1933.

11. For his career his triple slash numbers were .301/.386/.411/.797 with an OPS+ of 136. He had 1612 hits, scored 1327 runs, had 618 RBIs, 46 home runs, 262 doubles, and 2200 total bases.

12. As far as I can tell, he was not related to future Vice President of the US Albert Gore.


2 Responses to “A Dozen Things You Should Know About George Gore”

  1. William Miller Says:

    Apparently, he was one of 71 men from Maine who’ve played in the Majors, but the only one to win a batting title. Depending on the website you choose, he was either born in Saccarappa, ME (Westbrook), or up in Hartland, ME (near Skowhegan.) The two places are nowhere near one another, so I’m trying to figure out how both places are listed as his place of birth.
    Anyway, it sounds like he was a fine player.
    Judging from my 21 years in Maine, his affinity for the bottle and for loose women places him solidly in the middle of the pack as far as Maine men are concerned.
    Nice post,

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