Icons of the Ivy: Riggs Stephenson
Riggs Stephenson, nicknamed “Old Hoss,” was an outfielder and infielder who enjoyed a 14-year career from 1921-34 in the big leagues.
He spent nearly a decade in Chicago, donning Cubbie blue from 1926-34. Over that time, Stephenson earned National League MVP votes on three separate occasions.
The Alabama native led the league with 46 doubles in 1927 and set career highs in 1929 with 17 homers, 110 RBI and 10 stolen bases. That stat line was key in carrying the Cubs to the 1929 World Series, where they lost to the Philadelphia Athletics. He also helped lead the Cubs back to the Fall Classic in 1932.
Stephenson had 1,167 hits in his Cubs career with a .408 on-base percentage and .877 OPS, walking more than twice as much as he struck out (395:176).
“The outfielder hit .336 as a Cub, tying him with Bill Madlock as the highest batting average for a right-handed hitter in franchise history,” team historian Ed Hartig said.