A reliable contact hitter, Jordan compiled high averages in the minors, but his way
to the majors was blocked by first basemen with more powerful bats. Finally a regular
with the Braves in the mid-1930s, he twice topped .300, with a career-high .323 in
1936, and twice had eight hits in a doubleheader (8/25/35 and 6/26/38).
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 7, 1936: The National League, having lost the first three All-Star Games, wins 4–3 at Boston's National League Park with four different Cub players (Galan, Herman, Hartnett, and Demaree) scoring runs. After Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell each pitch scoreless 3-inning stints, Curt Davis is hammered by the American League, including Lou Gehrig's home run, but Lon Warneke shuts the door. Meanwhile, the NL is helped by Joe DiMaggio's loose fielding and error and Augie Galan's home run. DiMag is the first rookie to play in an All-Star game. NL plays its starting lineup except for two late-inning pinch hitters. Local favorite and 3-time starter Wally Berger doesn't appear. Missing from the NL roster are Dolph Camilli and Buck Jordan, co-leaders at .348, as well as the eventual batting champ Paul Waner.