San Francisco Giants: 10 best first basemen in franchise history
2. Bill Terry (1923-1936), New York Giants
Stats: 136 OPS+, .341/.393/.506, 2,193 H, 154 HR, 1,078 RBI, 1,120 R
WAR: 54.2 rWAR/57.0 fWAR
Accolades: Hall of Fame (1954), 3x All-Star
WS Titles: 1
Bill Terry spent his entire 14-year Hall of Fame career manning first base for the New York Giants.
His breakout season came in 1927 at the age of 28 when he hit .326/.377/.529 with 32 doubles, 13 triples, 20 home runs and 121 RBI for a 5.3 WAR season.
From there, he quickly became one of the most productive hitters in the National League.
During his nine-year peak from 1927 to 1935, he hit .350/.400/.518 while averaging 35 doubles, 10 triples, 15 home runs and 100 RBI and playing 148 games per season.
In 1930, he hit .401 by racking up 254 hits, a total that still stands fourth on the single-season list.
His .341 career average is also good for 15th on the all-time list, one spot ahead of the legendary Lou Gehrig.
Aside from his stellar playing career, Terry also succeeded John McGraw as the team’s manager midway through the 1932 season. He led the team to a World Series title as player/manager the following season and ended up with two more NL pennants and a .555 winning percentage in 10 seasons at the helm.
Terry was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1954, receiving 77.4 percent of the vote in his 14th year on the ballot.