Born: August 17, 1892|
Died: October 16, 1972 (aged 80)|
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 14, 1914 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 13, 1926 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Runs batted in||303|
|Career highlights and awards|
John William Rawlings [Red] (August 17, 1892 – October 16, 1972) was a second baseman and shortstop in Major League Baseball who played for six different teams between the 1914 and 1926 seasons. Listed at 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m), 158 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.
Rawlings entered the majors in 1914 with the Cincinnati Reds, appearing for them in 33 games before jumping during the midseason to the Kansas City Packers of the outlaw Federal League. After one and a half seasons in Kansas City, he spent 1917 with the Toledo Iron Men of the American Association.
Rawlings returned to major league action with the Boston Braves (1917-'20), and later played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1920-'21), New York Giants (1921-'22) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1923-'26). His most productive season came in 1921 for Phillies and Giants, when he posted career-numbers in hits (156), runs (60), extrabases (27), RBI (46) and games played (146), while hitting a respectable .278 average. In 1922 he hit .282 in 82 games, good enough to play for John McGraw's National League pennant winning Giants in 1921 and 1922. He hit .333 (10-for-30) with three doubles and four RBI for the 1921 Giants World Series champions. He earned three World Series rings, though he did not play for the 1922 Giants and 1925 Pirates series champions.
Following his major league career, Rawlings played in the minors until 1930. He later coached for a long time and also managed during eight years in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for the Grand Rapids Chicks (1946-'50), Peoria Redwings (1951) and Rockford Peaches (1953-'54). He led his teams to six playoff appearances, including a Championship Title with the 1947 Chicks.
Rawlings died in Inglewood, California, at the age of 80.
- The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia – Gary Gillette, Peter Gammons, Pete Palmer. Publisher: Sterling Publishing, 2005. Format: Paperback, 1824pp. Language: English. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)