Originally written on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 11/11/14
Some of the greatest Indians players of all time have been first basemen, including the team's first MVP and current home run king. The position has changed much over the years with the oldest players on the list being defense first speedsters and the later players being big bashers, focusing on home runs and runs batted in. 10. Doc Johnston - Years Starting 1B - 1913-14, 1918-21 Johnston was the second best of the early style first basemen, stealing 89 bases and hitting 39 triples with the Indians. While he played more games than almost any other player on the list, his rate stats simply don't stand up, especially his incredibly low .314 slugging percent (3rd worst of the ten and 100 points lower than the leader). 9. Tony Horton - 1967-1970 Horton took over for Whitfield and brought the Indians into the 1970's, before being replaced himself by Rookie of the Year Chris Chambliss. Horton holds a tenuous place on this list with no outstanding numbers or feats to speak of. 8. Pat Tabler - 1983-1986 Tabler was never much of a power hitter, but he still managed to acrue some nice stats during his six years with the Tribe. His near .300 average ranks fourth among players listed and he had more than 600 combined runs and RBI. 7. George Stovall - 1904-05, 1907-11 Stovall was the Indians first long term first basemen and had the best speed numbers, stealing 110 bases and 40 triples during his time with the team. 6. Frank Whitfield - 1963, 1965-66 Whitfield is just one of four Indians first basemen to hit more than 90 home runs in his career, but had awful rate stats compared to the other three. He was one of the top offensive players on a particularly bad Indians team, leading the offense along with Leon Wagner and Rocky Colavito. 5. Luke Easter - 1950-1952 Easter was part of the powerful Indians teams of the early 1950's and contributed heavily, despite a relatively short time with the Tribe. Easter hit over 90 home runs and 340 RBI in just six years with the team. His three years as a starting first baseman rank among the best ever in Indians history. 4. Ed Morgan - 1928, 1930-32 Morgan directly preceeded Trosky and put up some impressive numbers of his own during his time. His best year was 1930 when he hit safely more than 200 times and knocked in 136 runs, a number that remains in the top ten best Indians seasons. In his career among third basemen, Morgan ranks second in average, third in walks and fourth in RBI. 3. George Burns - 1924-1927 Burns was the first Indians MVP and put up some impressive numbers despite a short time with the team. Burns career numbers are on the same level as Morgan's, but far below those of the top two members of this list. Most impressive was his .327 career batting average, leading all Indians first basemen. 2. Hal Trosky - 1934-1941 The Indians have had two first basemen that stand heads above the rest and Trosky is the first. The original home run king for the Tribe, Trosky held the single season home run record from 1936 to 1953 (when it was broken by MVP Al Rosen) and was second in career home runs from the time he retired until Albert Belle broke the team record during the mid 1990s. Among all first basemen ever, Trosky ranks first in doubles and second in games, runs, home runs, RBI and walks, proof of both his long career and extreme talent. 1. Jim Thome - 1997-2002 Thome spent the first half of his career as the Indians third baseman, but had his best seasons playing first base during the last half of his time with the Tribe. He currently holds team records for home runs and strike outs, with more than 1,000 more of the latter than the next worst first baseman. Thome returned to the Indians in 2011 and pushed his walk total over 1,000 as well, placing him far in front of every other Indian in that stat as well. Not only is Thome the best first baseman in team history, but there is a strong argument that he is the best offensive player in the history of Cleveland baseball.   Player G R 2B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG AVG Jim Thome 1399 928 263 337 937 1008 1400 .414 .566 .287 Hal Trosky 1124 758 287 216 911 449 373 .377 .551 .313 George Burns 757 402 230 22 431 157 144 .365 .455 .327 Ed Morgan 633 417 158 49 394 304 206 .398 .493 .323 Luke Easter 491 256 54 93 340 174 293 .349 .481 .274 Frank Whitfield 579 205 78 93 282 104 282 .298 .456 .257 George Stovall 955 379 159 7 376 99 0 .279 .338 .266 Pat Tabler 707 312 130 39 343 233 366 .356 .408 .294 Tony Horton 513 217 86 68 255 119 253 .316 .439 .269 Doc Johnston 721 332 114 8 248 182 195 .314 .357 .273 Borderline: Mike Hargrove, Vic Wertz, Vic Power, Paul Sorrento, Lew Fonseca
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jay Cutler is not the answer for the Titans

Josh Smith released by Detroit Pistons in surprising move

13 amazing NFL stats from Week 16

JJ Watt's bloody face defines 2014 campaign

Dominic Raiola insists he didn't intentionally stomp opponent

Jets call themselves the best 3-12 team in NFL history

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Report: 49ers to part ways with Harbaugh after season finale

Brad Stevens shoots down rumors he's headed to Hoosiers

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

Game of the week: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Yankees pay for education of slain officer's children

Breaking up the Brooklyn Nets

Brady: Edelman might be Pat's Most Dependable Player

Who can fight off the Golden State Warriors in the West?

NFL flexes Bengals-Steelers into 'Sunday Night Football' slot

Miami Dolphins electing to keep Joe Philbin a smart decision

Coughlin tells Beckham Jr to tone down TD celebrations

WATCH: Lynch ‘thanks the media for asking’ questions

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Tony Romo leads Dallas Cowboys to NFC East title

Ole Miss QB arrested after fighting, threatening bouncers

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Game of the week: Lions vs. Packers

Breaking up the Brooklyn Nets

13 amazing NFL stats from Week 16

JJ Watt's bloody face defines 2014 campaign

Jets claim to be best 3-12 team ever

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.