Sievers slugged 318 home runs in his 17-year big league career, leading the league in two of the three triple crown categories in 1957. One of the great sluggers of the 1950’s, Sievers came up with the St. Louis Browns in 1949 and hit .306 with 16 home runs. His performance was good enough to earn him the American League Rookie of the Year award. Sievers joined the Washington Senators in 1954 and his power emerged that year, as he hit 24 home runs, driving in 102. He hit 29 home runs in 1956 and was selected to his first All-Star Game. The next year was his best. In 1957, Sievers hit .301 with 42 home runs and 114 RBI. He also scored 99 runs. All of these numbers were career highs and he finished third in the MVP vote that season. He followed this year up with a 39-home run, 108-RBI campaign in 1958, which earned him sixth place in the MVP vote. Despite an all-star selection in 1959, Sievers numbers began to decline that year. He crossed the 20-home run threshold the next four seasons but never again hit more than 28. He joined the Chicago White Sox in 1960 and the Philadelphia Phillies in 1962. Sievers’ career ended in 1965 when he played in 12 games for the new Washington Senators.
Sievers was just the 22nd player in MLB history to hit 300 or more career home runs. He coached and managed in the minor leagues after his playing career ended. He is also one of only nine players to play for both incarnations of the Washington Senators. Sievers died on April 3, 2017 in Spanish Lake, Missouri.
Roy Sievers – career stats