George “Showboat” Fisher: By Bill McCurdy

George “Showboat” Fisher


George “Showboat” Fisher

Positions: Outfielder and Pinch Hitter

Bats: Left  • Throws: Right

5-10, 170 lb (178 cm, 77 kg) 

Born: January 16, 1899 in Wesley, IA us

Died: May 15, 1994 (Aged 95-119d) in St. Cloud, MN

Buried: St. Benedict Parish Cemetery, Avon, MN

George “Showboat” Fisher played professional baseball for 14 consecutive seasons from 1919 through 1933. In a 138-game, 4 year spin (1923-1932) as a major league player, he batted a hot .335 for the Washington Senators (1923-24), the St. Louis Cardinals (1930), and the St. Louis Browns (1932). Most of the upside, however, was attributable to a .374 batting average he posted in 92 games for the Cardinals in 1932. His other three more limited MLB stints sum up as: Poor 2- Mediocre 1.

Fisher was 1 for 2 with a double and a strike out in two plate appearances for the Cardinals in their losing World Series run against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1930.

Like other reasonably good players in the deep reserve clause era, Fisher played as well as he could for as long as he could, and he did manage to establish himself as a steady high .300 BA hitter in the minor leagues for most of his career.

Without people like George Fisher keeping the 1920s roar of baseball going through the heart of the country during the Great Depression Era of the1930s, some of the guys who now retire early from baseball on unfulfilled promise money would instead be still living in the real world of scrambling for rent money.

Here’s a link to the career record of George “Showboat” Fisher.


Thank you, Patrick Callahan (STHS Class of 1956), for your request, old friend. Hope this helps with your family search for more information about the late relative, George “Showboat” Fisher.


Bill McCurdy (STHS Class of 1956)


Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle





One Response to “George “Showboat” Fisher: By Bill McCurdy”

  1. Patrick Callahan '56 Says:

    BILL: –
    As usual, you’re generally at the top of your game when it comes to
    researching former players especially for the St. Louis Cardinals – when you look at the Rosters in those years – they (Cardinals) were a pretty solid group – thanks for most informative and colorful article. I will share it with Mary and Marshall, our house guests over this weekend.

    Eagles Fight!

    Callahan (’56)

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