Photo Courtesy of Library Congress--Joe Judge sliding safely at 3rd in 9th inning of the second game of the 1924 World Series, 10/5/1924
Joe Judge was a brilliant fielding first baseman and set numerous American League defensive records from 1915-1934. He started Playing for the Washington Senators in the dead ball era of the 1910's and was still considered tops at his position during the rabbit ball era of the 1920's-1930's. Joe Judge led the AL in fielding six times, still an unbroken record, and his lifetime mark of .993 stood for almost 35 years.
When Judge retired, he held the AL career 1st basemen records for games played, chances, putouts and double plays. Judge batted over .300 nine times and except for the fact that Lou Gehrig, Yankees, played at the same time, Joe Judge would have been considered baseball's best all-around 1st baseman during this era. After retiring, Judge was the baseball coach at Georgetown Univ. for 18 years until 1958. Joe Judge career record: .298 batting average, 2,352 hits, 433 D's, 159 T's, 71 HRs with over 1,000 runs scored and RBIs each.