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 Curt Walker

Curt Walker

Birth
Beeville, Bee County, Texas, USA
Death 9 Dec 1955 (aged 59)
Beeville, Bee County, Texas, USA
Burial Beeville, Bee County, Texas, USA
Plot Block 69, Lot 2N
Memorial ID 18109 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League baseball as an outfielder for 12 seasons (1919 to 1930) with the New York Yankees, New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds. Served in the United States Army during World War I. A fast, superb contact hitting player with a strong, accurate arm, he has been obscured in Baseball history largely because he played for bottom-dwelling teams and for not being a power hitter in an era that became enthralled with Home Run sluggers like Babe Ruth. Started his career with a single game appearance for the Yankees in 1919 before being traded to the cross-town New York Giants. After playing with the Giants for only 8 games in 1920, and in 64 games during the 1921 season, he was dealt to the Phillies with infielder Joe Rapp and outfielder Lee King for second baseman Johnny Rawlings and outfielder (and future Hall of Fame manager) Casey Stengel. The acquisition proved to be a good one for Philadelphia, for in his final 21 games of the 1921 season he batted .338. The next year, 1922, proved to be his career breakout season, batting .337 with 12 home runs, 196 hits and 66 RBIs. That year also saw him involved in two unique situations. On July 13th he got the only hit against the Cardinals’ Bill Doak, who lost a no-hitter by failing to cover 1st base on Curt Walker’s hit. On August 25th he was the Phillies right fielder against the Chicago Cubs in their incredible 26 to 23 loss (which still stands a record for most combined runs in a Major League Baseball game). He got four hits in six at-bats in the game, including a double and a triple. In 1923 his average fell to a still respectable .281, and he was dealt by the Phillies to the Reds for outfielder George Harper 24 games into the 1924 season. With Cincinnati he would be a fixture in their outfield, batting over .300 four times, and leading all NL outfielders in fielding percentage in 1925. A smart, fleet runner on the base paths, he hit 10 or more triples in a season nine times, topping with 20 in 1926. On July 22nd of that year, he hit two in one inning against the Boston Braves. His last season, 1930, he finished as a starting outfielder, and batted a good .307 before the Reds released him. He spent the next two years in the Minor Leagues before retiring for good. His career totals were 1,359 Games Played, 1,475 Hits, 718 Runs, 117 Triples, 64 Home Runs, 688 RBIs and a career .304 Batting Average. Most significantly, he struck out only 254 times in almost 5,000 career At-Bats. A native of Beeville, Texas, he was nicknamed “Honey” because of his hometown. After the conclusion of his baseball career he worked as a Funeral Home operator before being elected a Justice of the Peace, a position he held until his death. In 2001 he was posthumously inducted into the Texas State Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 26 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18109
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Curt Walker (3 Jul 1896–9 Dec 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18109, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Beeville, Bee County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .