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Remembering Former Yankee George "Snuffy" Stirnweiss 1958 NJ Train death
8 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2010 - 8:21AM #1
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Remembering Former  Yankees George "Snuffy" Stirnweiss


 


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September 16, 1958-  Former 1945 AL batting champion and Yankees INF George “Snuffy”  Stirnweiss (1943-1950) is killed in a train wreck in New Jersey.  (1918-1958)


George Stirnweiss was killed at age 39 when the passenger  train he was on plunged off the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge between  Elizabethport and Bayonne, New Jersey.


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8 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2010 - 8:34AM #2
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George "Snuffy" Stirnweiss Obit from Newark Star Ledger



 


Biographical Sketches of Dead and Missing Passengers in Bayonne Wreck
George H. Stirnweiss


A former New York Yankee infielder, George (Snuffy) Stirnweiss was seen to board one of the front cards of the train just as it pulled out of the Red Bank Station.


Mr. Stirnweiss, a foreign freight agent, was expected in New York about noon to keep a luncheon appointment for his company, Caldwell & Co., of 50 Broad Street. He failed to appear and has not been hear from since, either at his office or at his home at 140 Maple Street, Red Bank.


The son of a New York policeman, Mr. Stirnweiss was one of the fastest baserunners in the American League while playing second base for the Yankees between 1943 and 1950. He was married and the father of six children, aged 17 months to 15 years.


In his eight years with the Yankees, Mr. Stirnweiss became so proficient at his infield post that many forgot he also had been an All-American halfback at the University of North Carolina.


After being graduated in 1940, he was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League. However, he cast his lot with baseball and signed with the Yankees' organization.


He began his baseball career with Norfolk Tars in the Piedmont League that summer, then was promoted to Newark Bears in the International League before the season's end. He stayed there until 1942.


In 1945, his third year in the majors, Mr. Stirnweiss won the American League batting championship with an average of .309. He also was a prolific base-stealer, leading the league with fifty-five in 1944 and with thirty-three in 1945.


He was in the three world series and was a member of the 1946 All-Star team. Twice he led the league in triples and in fielding averages for a second baseman. In 1948, with only five errors tallied against him, he set a major league fielding record with a .993 average.


The Yankees traded him to the St. Louis Browns in 1950 and the following year he was sold to the Cleveland Indians.


In 1956, after managing minor league teams in Scheneetady and Binghamton, Mr. Stirnweiss entered the banking field as solicitor of new accounts for the Federation Bank and Trust Company. A heart attack in June, 1957, forced him into temporary retirement.


Recently, however, he returned to baseball by taking charge of the sandlot program for The New York Journal-American.

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8 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2010 - 8:37AM #3
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The train crash Snuffy Stirnweiss died in was covererd on the front page of most major newspapers nation wide. The headline in New Jersey read "40 FEARED DEAD AS TRAIN DIVES OFF OPEN NEWARK BAY BRIDGE; SUNKEN CARS TRAP COMMUTERS" and a close-up of a semi-submerged Central Railroad car appears below:



Image Courtesy of The Star Ledger (09-16-1958)




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8 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2010 - 8:43AM #4
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George  "Snuffy" Stirnweiss and Yankees teammate Phil Rizzuto


 


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When former AL Yankees All Star and MVP Phil Rizzutto was released by the New York Yankees in 1956, George  Stirnweiss made sure that the distraught Scooter made it home safely back to New Jersey to his wife Cora and family.

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8 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2010 - 8:50AM #5
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October 26, 1918- Former Yankees INF George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss (1943-1950) was born. (1918-1958)


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 The  New York Yankees signed George Stirnweiss as a MLB  free agent in 1940. He joined the Yankees in 1943 just hitting .219. In 1944, he hit .319, leading the team in batting. He led the AL in 4 departments:  base hits (205), runs (125), triples (16) and stolen bases (55). In 1945, he led the American League with .309 BA, triples (22), Runs (107), hits (195) stolen bases (33).  Snuffy was a member of the AL All Star teams in 1944-1945 as a 2nd baseman.  George led the AL 2B in fielding in 1944 and 1948. George appeared in 3 World Series with the Yankees in 1943, 1947 and 1949, appearing in 4 games and batting .250. He continued to play for the Yankees until he was traded to the St. Louis Browns in June of 1950.  He finished up his MLB playing career with the Cleveland Indians, retiring after the 1952 AL season. Know for his speed on the base paths, George finished his New York Yankees career with 66 triples and 130 stolen bases. He was with Phil Rizzuto at Yankee Stadium, when Phil was released on Old Timer's Day in 1956, George made sure that Phil, who was very upset  from  the incident went home safely. In 1958, George was killed in a train wreck in New Jersey.



  

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8 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2010 - 8:54AM #6
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1947 New York Yankees Infield


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(left to Right) Shortstop Phil Rizutto, 1B George McQuinn, 2B George Steinweiss and  3B Billy Johnson. 

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8 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2010 - 12:11PM #7
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Thanks for this info.

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8 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2010 - 3:03PM #8
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Sep 16, 2010 -- 12:11PM, T15D23A46 wrote:


Thanks for this info.





 


TD


Snuffy was one of those War years Yankees, but the Scooter would always mention him in stories. He was a Joe McCarthy player and  Casey Stengel got rid of him. A terrible way to die.


 


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8 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2010 - 5:50PM #9
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1945 New York Yankees finished  in 4th place with a 81-71 record  6.5 games behind the 1945 AL Champions Detroit Tigers, who finished the AL season with a 88-65 record.


 


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George  Stirnweiss led the New York Yankees and the American League in batting with .309 adverage.  He hit 22 triples leading the AL. He finished in a tie for 2nd place in the AL with 32 doubles.  George stole 78 bases leading the AL , while only getting caught 17 times. First baseman Nick Etten was the Yankees HR leader with 18 HRs with 111 RBIs.


 


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8 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2010 - 10:59PM #10
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I remember my parents talking about that wreck. I was only six at the time, just starting first grade. Hell, I wasn't even a Yankee fan yet. That was a year and a half into the future. (Don't even mention the name "Mazeroski" around me.)


 

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