Leo Norris

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Leo John Norris

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Leo Norris was given the shortstop job on the 1936 Philadelphia Phillies as a 28-year-old rookie. While his .265 batting average was below the team average of .281, his 11 home runs were fourth on the team and his 76 RBI were third on the team. His range was good but he made 45 errors.

In 1937, he continued to slug well, with a slugging percentage of .407 that was higher than in 1936, but he gradually lost his job. He appeared in 116 games. He was at shortstop only 20 times, losing the job to George Scharein, and was at third base 24 times, behind Pinky Whitney. Mostly, he was at second base, appearing 74 times behind Del Young. His fielding percentage was about the same as the other players, but his range was not as good.

In April 1936, the Baltimore Orioles of the International League purchased him from the Phillies. He came to the Newark Bears for part of the 1938 season, one in which the Bears won 104 games. Norris hit .275 with 5 home runs.

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