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 Whitlow Wyatt

Whitlow Wyatt

Original Name John
Birth
Kensington, Walker County, Georgia, USA
Death 16 Jul 1999 (aged 91)
Carrollton, Carroll County, Georgia, USA
Burial Buchanan, Haralson County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 5858702 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher for 16 seasons (1929-1937, 1939 1945) with 5 different teams. A highly touted prospect while in the minor leagues, he broke into the Majors in 1929 with the Detroit Tigers, spending 4 and a 1/2 years with them. Plagued by injuries, he was marginally effective while seeing duty both as a starter and a reliever. Traded to the Chicago White Sox in the middle of the 1934 season, his injury problems continued, and he found little more success. After spending 1937 with the Cleveland Indians (who released him), he went back to the minors, and had MVP season with Milwaukee of the American Association. On the completion of that year the Brooklyn Dodgers purchased him, and he finally flourished into an outstanding starter, winning 70 games from 1940 to 1943. From 1939 to 1942 he made the NL All-Star team, and helped the Dodgers to the 1941 World Series. In that year, his best as a player, he tied Dodger teammate Kirby Higbee for the League lead in wins with 22, and in addition, led the NL in saves with 7. In the Championship against the cross-town rivals the New York Yankees, he won Game 2, outduelling the Yank’s Spud Chandler 3-2, but lost the decisive Game 5, being beaten by a Home Run by Tommy Heinrich and Tiny Bonham’s pitching. He enjoyed 5 stellar seasons with the Dodgers before arm troubles again came upon him. He joined the Phillies for the 1945 season before retiring to become a pitching coach. He was known as a fierce competitor, and would knock batters down on a regular basis. Yankee great Joe DiMaggio claimed Whit Wyatt was “the meanest player he ever saw”. He finished with career totals of 106 wins-95 losses, 872 strikeouts and a 3.79 ERA.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
  • Added: 19 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5858702
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Whitlow Wyatt (27 Sep 1907–16 Jul 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5858702, citing Buchanan City Cemetery, Buchanan, Haralson County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .