Whitey Witt

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Whitey Witt
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Born: (1895-09-28)September 28, 1895
Orange, Massachusetts
Died: July 14, 1988(1988-07-14) (aged 92)
Salem County, New Jersey
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1916, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
August 18, 1926, for the Brooklyn Robins
MLB statistics
Batting average .287
Home runs 18
Runs batted in 302
Career highlights and awards

Lawton Walter "Whitey" Witt (born Ladislaw Waldemar Wittkowski, September 28, 1895 – July 14, 1988) was an American professional baseball outfielder. He played all or part of ten seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Athletics, New York Yankees, and Brooklyn Robins. In his career, he hit 18 home runs and had 302 RBI. He was the last surviving person to have played on the 1923 New York Yankees team, the first year the Yankees won the World Series.[citation needed]

Witt was well known for having been knocked unconscious by a thrown soda bottle at a game in Sportsman's Park in St. Louis in 1922.[citation needed] The Yankees were locked in a tight pennant race with the St. Louis Browns that year. The person who threw the bottle from the stands was never identified, though the Yankees and Witt came back to win the series (thanks to a key hit by Witt) and beat the Browns by one game for the pennant.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Whitey Witt at Find a Grave
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