|Name:||Howard Earl Averill||Position:||CF|
|Accolades:||Hall of Fame (1975), Retired #3, 6 Time All-Star (1933-38), 3 Top 5 MVP (1931, 1935-36)|
|Best Season (1931)||155||627||140||209||36||10||32||143||361||68||38||9||9||50%||.404||.576||.333||.980||.242|
Earl Averill was the most prolific Indians hitter of all time. In just 11 seasons Averill accrued enough stats to be in the top 5 all-time among Indians in at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, total bases and walks. He is also in the top 10 in games played, OBP, SLG and OPS. His 140 runs in 1931 are the most in a single season in Indians history and he is in the top 10 for two other seasons as well. In 1936 he was one hit away from the all-time single season record for hits. He should be considered the greatest offensive centerfielder in Indians ever and one of the top five overall batters.
Averill was one of the most unlucky Indians ever as far as the postseason is concerned. He debuted 9 years after the Indians won their first World Series and retired 9 years before their second. Despite the team's .537 winning percentage during the time he played, Averill never made it to the World Series. His time on the Indians coincided with many other All-Time Indians stars, but most of them were either at the end of their careers (like Joe Sewell and Charlie Jamieson) or just starting out (like Bob Feller, Ken Keltner and Lou Boudreau). Earl Averill is the Indians all-time career leader in runs scored, triples, RBI (the only player with more than 1,000), and total bases. His accomplishments have been recognized by the Cleveland Indians by being placed in the Indians Hall of Fame and having his number retired and by Major League Baseball when he was entered into Cooperstown in 1975 by the Veteran's Committee. Averill died in 1983.