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February 20, 2006

1926 Player Retrospective – Les Bell

by @ 8:41 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals

A team that wins a World Series usually does so with a combination of solid home grown talent, some good seasons from veterans near the end of their career, and an odd career year from a player nobody would think of.  Les Bell was that career year for the 1926 Cardinals.  Les Bell got spot time in 1923 and 1924 before becoming the Cardinals starting third baseman in 1925.  In what was essentially his rookie year, Bell was good but not great.  His line was .285/.334/.422 which gave him an OPS+ of 90.  He was durable and he led the league in games played with 153.

In 1926, Bell blew up.  He led the team in hits (189), batting average (.325), OPS+ (137) and slugging (.518).  He finished third in the league with 100 RBIs and his .325 average was good for ninth in the National League.  His .518 slugging was fifth and he also finished in the top ten in doubles, triples and he was fourth in the NL with 17 homeruns.  Bell went from slightly below average to one of the team’s best hitters on a team that was already loaded offensively.  For all that, he finished sixth in the MVP voting.

Of course Bell’s sun didn’t shine for too long.  Over the next three seasons, he notched only 500 at bats one time.  And he never got back above a 100 OPS+ in any given season.  By 1930 he was a part time player for the Cubs and by 1932, he was out of the league.

For one season though, Les Bell was a star.  And his timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

Here are Bell’s numbers in 1926:

AB 581
Runs 85
Hits 189
Doubles 33
Triples 14
Homeruns 17
RBIs 100
Walks 54
Strikeouts 62
Stolen Bases 9
Caught Stealing ??
BA .325
OBA .383
SLG% .518
OPS .901
RC 114
RCAA 31
RCAP 35
RC/G 7.01
ISO .193 

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