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Owen Joseph "Donie" Bush
Birth: Oct. 8, 1887
Death: Mar. 28, 1972

Major League Baseball Player, Manager. He played Major League baseball as a shortstop for 16 seasons (1908 to 1923) with the Detroit Tigers and the Washington Senators. For 13 1/2 seasons the Tigers' starting shortstop and leadoff hitter, he had a decent glove in the field, and had a crafty knack for getting on base. This skill paid dividends for Detroit in 1909, his first full season in the Major when he led the American League in bases on balls that year, as his play helped the Ty Cobb-led Tigers into the World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted .261 with five walks in the Series (only one other Tigers batter hit higher) as the Pirates overcame Detroit 4 Games to 3. It would be his only World Series. He remained a fixture in the Tigers lineup, leading the AL in walks five times (four consecutively) and stealing 35+ bases seven seasons in a row. In 1917 he topped the League in runs with 112. Towards the end of the 1921 season he was traded to the Senators, where he played on a limited basis for the next two years. However, his last year as a player he also managed Washington to a 4th place finish. In 1927 he was named manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates (a role he would be more remembered for than his long playing career). That year the Pirates fielded stars like Lloyd and Paul Waner, Kiki Cuyler, Pie Traynor and Glenn Wright, and they handily won the National League Pennant. However, a personal feud between Donie Bush and Cuyler caused Cuyler to be benched for the last part of the season and the ensuing World Series against the now-legendary 1927 New York Yankees. Although New York swept Pittsburgh that year, two of the four games were decided by only one run. Many players and fans thought Kiki Culyer could have made the difference (the feud was the result more of a clash of personalities that any serious infraction). In August 1929, amid criticism that he wouldn't stick with a steady lineup (he frequently benched star players who were having good years) he was fired. The next year he took over the managerial reins of the Chicago White Sox, who finished in the bottom both years he was at the helm. He would manager one more Major League team, the Cincinnati Reds in 1933, before returning to his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana as owner of the Minor League Indians. He would later scout for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox, spending a total of 65 years in organized baseball. His career totals were 1,946 Games Played, 1,804 Hits, 1,280 Runs, 9 Home Runs, 436 RBIs, 1,158 Walks, 404 Stolen Bases and a .250 career Batting Average. His managerial record was 1,045 Games Managed, 497 Wins-539 Losses and 1 First Place finish. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Mar 13, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6257423
Owen Joseph Donie Bush
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Owen Joseph Donie Bush
Added by: Bill Lee, The Baseball Undertaker
 
Owen Joseph Donie Bush
Added by: Bill Lee, The Baseball Undertaker
 
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