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Vic Wertz

Born: Feb 9, 1925

Death: Jul 7, 1983

Birthplace: York

Profession: Baseball player

Nationality: United States

Vic Wertz

Date of Birth : Feb 9, 1925
Date of Death : Jul 7, 1983
Birth Place : York

Victor Woodrow Wertz was a Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder. He had a seventeen-year career from 1947 to 1963. He was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers in 1942 and played for the Tigers, St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins, all of the American League. Wertz finished in the Top 15 in MVP voting five times: 1949, 1950, 1956, 1957, and 1960. Wertz was among the Top 10 in the American League in home runs in 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, and 1957. His 1956 total of 32 home runs was 2nd best in the AL. For his career, he hit 266 home runs and 1,178 RBIs with a .469 career slugging average and a .364 career on-base percentage. He hit for the cycle on September 14, 1947 while in his rookie season with Detroit. He was elected to the American League All-Star team four times. He missed part of the 1955 season when stricken with a nonparalytic form of polio but returned in 1956. Wertz hit the long fly ball that Willie Mays caught in the 1954 World Series.


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