Strickland spent 10 seasons in the major leagues, playing in the infield for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians. He broke in with Pittsburgh in 1950, appearing in 23 games that year. He saw action in 138 games the following year which would serve as his career high. Never a great hitter, Strickland hit .216 that season compiling career highs in home runs (nine), triples (seven), runs scored (59) and RBI (47). He had a strong season for Cleveland two years later, posting his best career average (.284) in 419 at bats.
Strickland served as a coach following the end of his playing career. He was twice the Indians’ interim manager, in 1964 and 1966. He served in the navy during World War II, and was stationed in Saipan. He is a member of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Strickland died in New Orleans on February 21, 2010.
George Strickland – career stats