Roger Peckinpaugh

In his last full season in the big leagues, at the age of 34, Roger Peckinpaugh won the American League Most Valuable Player Award as a member of the Washington Senators. The shortstop didn’t have a particularly excellent season, he was just the starting shortstop who solidified the infield for Washington as they won their second consecutive pennant.

Prior to his twilight MVP season with the Nats, Peckinpaugh was a fine shortstop for the New York Yankees for nine seasons between 1913 and 1921, bridging the gap in franchise history between the lean Deadball years and the emergence of the club as a force with Babe Ruth in the lineup.

Peckinpaugh was considered to be the best defensive shortstop in the American League by many who saw him in his prime. He had long arms and he was a very strong thrower. Very quickly after becoming New York’s shortstop, the young Peckinpaugh was named team captain, a position he held for eight years, longer than any other player in franchise history until Derek Jeter surpassed him in 2011.

List of New York Yankee Captains
Hal Chase … 1910-1912
Roger Peckinpaugh … 1914-1921
Babe Ruth … 1922
Everett Scott … 1922-1925
Lou Gehrig … 1935-1939
Thurman Munson … 1976-1979
Graig Nettles … 1982-1984
Willie Randolph … 1986-1988
Ron Guidry … 1986-1988
Don Mattingly … 1991-1995
Derek Jeter … 2003-

Longest Hitting Streaks by a Yankee
1.  Joe DiMaggio … 56 games (1941)
2.  Hal Chase … 33 games (1907)
3.  Roger Peckinpaugh … 29 games (1919)
3.  Earle Combs … 29 games (1931)
3.  Joe Gordon … 29 games (1942)
6.  Hal Chase … 27 games (1907)
7.  Babe Ruth … 26 games (1921)
8.  Derek Jeter … 25 games (2006)
9.  Don Mattingly … 24 games (1986)