San Francisco Giants: Top 10 Center Fielders in Franchise History
No. 9: George Gore, 9.3 WAR
Gore is a name unfamiliar to 99.9% of Giants fans. He played for the New York Giants 1887-1892. There aren’t that many who played in the 19th century on this list, as opposed to some of our other lists. Gore didn’t strikeout very much and had a BB/K Ratio of more than 2:1 for his career. As evidence of his on-base threat, Gore’s on base percentage with the Giants was 99 points higher than his batting average, signs of a big time on base threat. He stole a total of 117 bases in his time as a Giant. He scored a ton of runs, 441 in his six seasons with the Giants to be exact.
Gore was not a power threat at, as many at that time weren’t. Evidence? His slugging percentage was lower than his on-base percentage with the Giants. In his overall career numbers, Gore had a higher slugging percentage, and a higher batting average thanks to his successful time with the Chicago Cubs.
Gore is one of those that we would never immediately lump into the picture because we don’t have the eye test for him. However, that should not be a knock against his place in franchise history.