Waldon Thomas Westlake (November 8, 1920 – September 5, 2019) was a utility player in Major League Baseball who had a ten-year career from 1947 to 1956.
|Born: November 8, 1920|
|Died: September 5, 2019 (aged 98)|
|April 15, 1947, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 12, 1956, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||539|
|Career highlights and awards|
Born in Gridley, California, Westlake played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies of the National League, and the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles of the American League. He primarily played as an outfielder, with some appearances as a third baseman.
Westlake hit for the cycle twice in his career (both while playing for the Pirates), coming almost a year apart; July 30, 1948, against the Brooklyn Dodgers, and June 14, 1949, against the Boston Braves.
He was a member of the National League All-Star team in 1951, entering the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the 9th inning.
Westlake was a member of the 1954 Cleveland Indians team, who were swept by the New York Giants in the 1954 World Series. He played in two games of the Series, batting 1-for-7 (.143) with one walk. Following the death of fellow teammate Hal Naragon, Westlake was the last surviving player to play with the Indians in the 1954 World Series.
In 958 regular season games played, Westlake hit .272 with 127 home runs and 539 RBIs. He played 738 games in the National League, and 220 games in the American League. He played 834 games in the outfield, and 34 games at third base (all of his games at third were with the 1951 Pittsburgh Pirates).
Westlake served in the United States military during World War II. He died on September 5, 2019. He was the second-to-last last living player from the 1954 American League champion Indians (after Dick Tomanek, and the last living member who played in the 1954 World Series.
- "Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Brooklyn Dodgers 5". Retrosheet. July 30, 1948.
- "Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Boston Braves 3". Retrosheet. June 14, 1949.
- "National League 8, American League 3". Retrosheet. July 10, 1951.
- Guerrieri, Vince. "Wally Westlake, One of the Last Living Members of 1954 Team, Dies at 98". didthetribewinlastnight.com. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
- "Westlake, Waldon "Wally" T." The Sacramento Bee. September 14, 2019. p. 17. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
- Attanasio, Ed (2009). "They Were There: Wally Westlake". This Great Game. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- Hill, Justice B. (August 24, 2007). "Where have you gone, Wally Westlake?". MLB.com. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- Hurte, Bob (January 8, 2013). "How I became friends with Wally Westlake". seamheads.com. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- Hurte, Bob. "Wally Westlake". SABR.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
- Photo of Westlake with the Cleveland Indians
| Hitting for the cycle
July 30, 1948
June 14, 1949
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