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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.

Wally Westlake
Wally Westlake.jpg
Outfielder
Born: (1920-11-08)November 8, 1920
Gridley, California
Died: September 5, 2019(2019-09-05) (aged 98)
Sacramento, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1947, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
May 12, 1956, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average.272
Home runs127
Runs batted in539
Teams
Career highlights and awards

CareerEdit

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,[1] and June 14, 1949, against the Boston Braves.[2]

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.[3]

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).

On August 26, 1947, Westlake became the first white batter hit by a pitch from a black pitcher - Dan Bankhead of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Westlake graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento. His brother Jim Westlake was also a major league player.

Westlake served in the United States military during World War II. He died on September 5, 2019.[5][4] 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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Brooklyn Dodgers 5". Retrosheet. July 30, 1948.
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Boston Braves 3". Retrosheet. June 14, 1949.
  3. ^ "National League 8, American League 3". Retrosheet. July 10, 1951.
  4. ^ a b Guerrieri, Vince. "Wally Westlake, One of the Last Living Members of 1954 Team, Dies at 98". didthetribewinlastnight.com. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Westlake, Waldon "Wally" T." The Sacramento Bee. September 14, 2019. p. 17. Retrieved September 16, 2019.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Joe DiMaggio
Jackie Robinson
Hitting for the cycle
July 30, 1948
June 14, 1949
Succeeded by
Jackie Robinson
Gil Hodges