Stainback, Tuck (1938) Organized Player Pension System

George Tucker “Tuck” Stainback (August 4, 1911 – November 29, 1992) was a Major League Baseball outfielder for 13 seasons with the Chicago Cubs (1934–1937), St. Louis Cardinals (1938), Philadelphia Phillies (1938), Brooklyn Dodgers (1938–1939), Detroit Tigers (1940–1941), New York Yankees (1942–1945), and Philadelphia Athletics (1946). Born in Los Angeles, California, Stainback played in 817 games, 629 in the outfield. For his career, he had a .259 batting average and 204 RBIs.

After the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, Stainback, who had settled in the area after retiring from baseball, approached the Dodgers’ Red Patterson with his idea to develop ticket sales to fraternal and civic organizations. He developed group ticket sales over a 20-year career as a Dodger executive and supervised the club’s Knothole program, which treated children to free games.


Career highlights

As a rookie outfielder with the Chicago Cubs in 1934, he batted .306.
In the 1935 World Series, Stainback was on the bench for the Chicago Cubs when he began riding umpire George Moriarty, leading to the entire Cubs’ dugout being cleared.
In April 1938, after four seasons with the Cubs, Stainback was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in a deal for pitcher Dizzy Dean.
On May 28, 1938, after being selected off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies, Stainback single-handedly prevented Carl Hubbell from pitching a perfect game. Stainback was the only Phillies baserunner, as he had both a walk and a single off Hubbell.
Traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers on July 30, 1940, Stainback hit .327 in 104 at bats for the Dodgers.
Stainback played four seasons for the New York Yankees from 1942 to 1945. He played in seven World Series games for the Yankees in 1942 and 1943, helping the Yankees to win the 1943 World Series.
After retiring as a player, Stainback helped organize the first pension system for major league ballplayers in 1947.

Cardinals Stats

  • Six Games
  • Ten at Bats
  • No Hits