George Strief

George Strief
Second baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1856-10-16)October 16, 1856
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: April 1, 1946(1946-04-01) (aged 89)
Cleveland, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 1, 1879, for the Cleveland Blues
Last MLB appearance
May 8, 1885, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .207
Home runs 5
Runs batted in 64

George Andrew Strief (October 16, 1856 April 1, 1946) was an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder. Strief played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1879 to 1885 for the Cleveland Blues, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, St. Louis Browns, Kansas City Cowboys, Chicago Browns/Pittsburgh Stogies, and Philadelphia Athletics.

On May 3, 1882, Strief hit the first-ever home run in Pittsburgh Pirates history. Strief's home run came five years before the Pirates (then called the Pittsburgh Alleghenys) entered the National League. Until 1887, the club was a member of the American Association, and Strief's home run was against the Cincinnati Red Stockings[1] in a 7-3 Pittsburgh loss. The game was only second, and first loss, in franchise history.[2]

Strief set the record for most triples in a game, four, in 1885[3] (equalled by Bill Joyce in 1897). Also in 1885 he became the first player to collect five extra base hits in a game.[3]

See also


  1. "Pirates Home Run Leaders Through the Years". Pirates Prospects. Archived from the original on December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  2. "1882 Pittsburgh Alleghenys Schedule, Box Scores and Splits -". Baseball-Reference.
  3. 1 2 Karpinski, David. "The Hits Just Keep On Coming – Four-HR and Five-XBH Days". Retrieved 24 September 2017.

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