Originally posted on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 1/19/13
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 ...
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