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Home of Johnny Mize: "The Big Cat"

Marker ID: Piedmont College 068-11
Location: Corner of Georgia and Oak Streets, Demorest
County: Habersham
Coordinates: N 34° 33.852    W 083° 32.682
  34.5642    -83.5447
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1138
Home of Johnny Mize: "The Big Cat" Marker
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National Baseball Hall of Fame member John Robert Mize was born in this house in 1913. While only 15 years old and still in high school, Mize launched his distinguished baseball career playing for Piedmont College. He began his major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1936-41) and played for the New York Giants (1942-43 and 1946-49) with a three year interruption for service in the Navy during World War II. In 1949, he joined the New York Yankees, helping the team win five straight World Series titles. Mize was the 1952 Series MVP after hitting homers in three straight games. Johnny Mize was called ´The Big Cat´ for his sure-handed glove work at first base and his smooth swing. A 10-time All-Star player, he led the National League three years in total bases and four times in slugging percentage. In 1947, he hit 50 home runs while striking out only 42 times, a record that stands today (2000). His ML battling average was .312 with 359 home runs, 1,337 RBIs and 2,011 hits in 1,884 games. Mize was inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame in 1973 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Mize returned to live in his family home in 1974 and died in 1993. He is buried in nearby Yonah Cemetery.

GHM 068-11 Erected by Piedmont College 2000

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John Robert Mize
John Robert Mize

John Robert Mize The Big Cat
Born and raised in Demorest, Mr. Mize was a keen-eyed slugger who smashed 359 home runs and batted .312 in 15-year career while topping .300 mark nine seasons in a row. Set major loop records by hitting three homers in a game six times in a trio in succession on four occasions. Won N. L. batting title once. Led or shared lead in homers and slugging pct four times, runs batted in and total bases trice. Finished first, second or third in offense 54 times during his career -- 1936 -- 53. Led league in putouts, twice and assist, twice with fielding pct of .996.

Special Honors
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 1973
National Baseball Hall of Fame 1981

Located in a park on Central Street (US 441) in Demorest
The coordinates of the plaque are N 34° 33.910 W 083° 32.687

Official site of Johnny Mize
Johnny Mize Stats - Baseball Almanac