Joe Rabbitt

The July 14 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star had a brief article about a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team who was battling for the International League lead in stolen bases. Appropriately enough, his name was Joe Rabbitt:


The Baseball Reference web site has an entry for Joe Rabbitt – unfortunately, it doesn’t list the International League stolen base statistics for 1930, so I don’t know whether he actually succeeded in winning the “base-running championship”. It does state that Rabbitt did make it briefly to the major leagues many years before, as he played in two games with Cleveland in 1922 and got one hit. It was a brief showcase, as he was sent back to Class C ball the next year.

Rabbitt played one more season for the Leafs, and played his last year of organized baseball in 1932. He passed away in 1969.