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Ervin "Pete" Fox
Evansville Native, Pete Fox, played thirteen seasons in the American League with the Detroit Tigers (1933�40) and Boston Red Sox (1941�45).

Ervin "Pete" Fox was born March 8th, 1909,in Evansville, Indiana, Fox batted .288 in 128 games as a center fielder during his rookie season in 1933. He switched to right field the next season � where he would primarily play for the rest of his career � and led the league with four outfield double plays as the Tigers won the American League pennant. He batted .286 (8-28) in a seven-game series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1934 World Series.

Fox hit a career-high 15 home runs in 1935 to help the Tigers return to the World Series. His hitting was an integral part of the Detroit offense in 1935. On June 30, 1935, Fox drove in 10 runs in a double-header against the St. Louis Browns. During June and July 1935, Fox also had a 29-game hitting streak.

During the six-game 1935 World Series win over the Chicago Cubs, he led the team in hits (10), RBIs (4), and batting average (.385).

In 1938 he led all AL outfielders in games played (155) and fielding percentage (.994). Fox had one pinch hit at bat in the 1940 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and Tigers. In three World Series, he played 14 games and batted .327 in 55 at bats.

Fox moved to the Red Sox in 1941. He was an All-Star in the 1944 season, in which he batted .315 with 37 doubles. In 1,461 career games Fox batted .298 with 1,678 hits, 314 doubles, 65 home runs and 694 RBIs.

After playing in the Pacific Coast League in 1946 he managed at Pawtucket (New England), Waterloo (Three-I) and Hot Springs (Cotton States). He later scouted for the Chicago White Sox. When cataracts impaired Fox�s vision in the early 1950s, he took a job with a Detroit firm owned by a boyhood friend from Evansville.

Fox�s son Don pitched in the Red Sox chain. Another son, James, was an all-city football player at Evansville�s Bosse High School. Fox died July 5th, 1966, in Detroit, Michigan at 57, a victim of cancer. Fox was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.

A member of Evansville�s Sports Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.

Ervin "Pete" Fox Career Statistics

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