It was no secret that Joe 'Flash' Gordon was the top AL second baseman during the 1940's with his home run power and fast fielding. Major League Baseball History While attending the University of Oregon, 'Flash' Gordon played baseball, football, soccer and was a star long jumper. He signed with the New York Yankees and was an immediate success in 1938, hitting 24 doubles, 25 home runs, .502 slg pct with 97 RBI's. In fact- Gordon averaged 25 and 100 RBI's the next four seasons and his clutch hitting brought the World Crown to the Yankees in 1941.
Joe Gordon was called 'Flash' because of his fast, slick fielding and hot line drive hitting. He was named to 6 All-Star Teams. Joe Gordon holds the AL single season record for HR's by a 2nd baseman with 32, hit while playing for Cleveland in 1948, the year he helped them win the World Championship. Gordon's 246 career home runs set an American League record for 2nd basemen. Joe 'Flash' Gordon career stats: 1566 games, 1530 hits, 264 D, 253 HR's, a batting ave of .268 with over 900 each in runs scored and RBI's. We salute your winning play and consistent performances - you were top-of-the-line in our books. Baseballhistorian.com American Heroes World War II.