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CHARLES
"GREEK" GEORGE

Charles “Greek” George was an outstanding all-around athlete in his senior year in high school at Glynn Academy in 1930. He was a standout fullback in football, a forward in basketball and an outfielder in baseball while also throwing the shot-put and discus for the track team.

George received a scholarship to Oglethorpe University in 1931 to play baseball and in 1932 he signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians. He would play five years in the Major Leagues with the Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Athletics.

George was the catcher for Cleveland when future Hall of Famer Bob Feller pitched his first game in the majors in 1936 and then was the catcher for Feller when the right-hander set a new American League record with 17 strikeouts later that season against Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics. George caught every game that Feller pitched during that 1936 season and supposedly he was the only catcher who could “handle” Feller and his blazing fastball at the time. George also set an American League record that season with 17 putouts in a game.

During his time in the minor leagues – he bounced back and forth between the major and minors, George regularly batted over .300. He officially retired from organized baseball in 1952 after spending his final seven years in the minor leagues.

George passed away in the late 1990s at age 86. Prior to his death, George was said to be the oldest living Greek-American major-league ballplayer. He is featured in the book “Baseball’s Golden Greeks” which was published in 1998.