Detroit Tigers: 1944-1948
Eddie Mayo only spent 4.5 seasons in the Motor City, but like Priddy he was good offensively and defensively. In an era where second baseman were almost always glove-first, Mayo flashed an above average bat.
Mayo made his debut in 1936 with the New York Giants. He hit .199 that season before getting shipped off to the Boston Bees. Mayo only saw 186 at-bats in the next two seasons, hitting .226.
Then, similar to Priddy, he put his major league career on hold to go serve in the military. He returned in 1943 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He played third base for the A’s and hit .219.
In an era where second baseman were almost always glove-first, Mayo flashed an above average bat.
The Tigers acquired Mayo after the season, switched him to second base and saw his career take off. He only hit .249 in 1944 but led the league in sacrifice hits.
Mayo slashed .285/.347/.404 with 10 home runs, seven stolen bases, and a 112 wRC+. His 4.6 bWAR was 8th in the league.
For his Tiger career, Mayo hit .265 with an 86 OPS+ and a 7.2 bWAR. His numbers are freakishly similar to Infante’s numbers in Detroit (.266 with an 87 OPS+ and a 7.1 bWAR) but Mayo was a significantly better defensive second baseman and played more of his games there.
Up next we find a Gold Glove Award winner, who also had some sneaky pop with the bat.