A resounding all-around baseball player, Earl Averill was one of the leading hitters during the 1930s. In his stellar 14-year career, mostly with the Cleveland Indians, he hit over .300 eight times, and in his highest batting year (1936) batted .378, rapped 39 doubles, 15 triples, and 28 home runs. A major part of the Cleveland Indians baseball history, Hall of Famer Averill had eight seasons of scoring over 100 runs and five seasons of over 100 RBIs, including 1931 with 140 runs, 143 RBIs and in 1936 when he scored 136 times and collected 126 RBIs.
He made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1929, batted .332, slashed 43 Ds, 13 Ts, 18 Hr, scored 110 runs and had 96 RBIs. CAREER COMES TO A HALT! In the dugout during a game in the 1937 season, the then 35-year old Averill felt paralyzed from the waist, although it was only temporary, an examination revealed a spinal problem that forced him to retire four years later..