In this new series here at From VA to the Show, we pick an all-time team of players who have come from Virginia. This team will encompass a starting lineup, including a DH, a 5-man starting rotation, a bullpen, and a bench. Altogether, this will be a 30-man roster of the greatest ballplayers to come out of the Commonwealth.
We start with picking a first baseman.
The clear choice to man first base on Team Virginia is George McQuinn. A native of Arlington, McQuinn played from 1936-1948, a total of 12 seasons, with Cincinnati, the old St Louis Browns, the old Philadelphia Athletics, and the New York Yankees. He was a 6-time all-star-a 7th appearance, the 1945 game, was cancelled due to US travel restrictions in place related to the war. For his career, he played in 1550 games and batted .276 with 135 HR and 794 RBIs, and on three occasions, he batted north of .300.
One of those .300+ seasons came in 1947, as he batted .304 with 13 HR and 80 RBIs, a key cog for the New York Yankees, as they won the World Series. McQuinn retired after the 1948 season, and went on to do some scouting for the Senators and Expos in his post-playing days.
McQuinn was inducted into the Arlington Sports HOF in 1958, its very first inductee, and was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.
George McQuinn died on Christmas Eve, 1978.