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Charlie Wagner played major league baseball from 1938 to 1946 as pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Wagner and Ted Williams were roommates as members of the Boston Red Sox. Following his retirement as a player, Wagner became the Red Sox’ assistant director of minor league operations from 1947 through 1960. He then scouted for Boston from 1961-69 and from 1971-92. He was the Red Sox’ major league pitching coach for the 1970 season. He later worked as a special assignment instructor in the Red Sox minor league system, and was still consulted about the organization prospects into his 90s. His professional relationship with the Red Sox lasted a record 73 years. He was a staple for years at Reading Phillies games in his hometown, where the press box was named in his honor in 2000. He was crowned as the inaugural “King of Baseballtown” by Reading club in 2003 as he entered the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.
Hank Wyse played major league baseball from 1942 to 1951 as pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics and the Washington Senators, appeared in the 1945 World Series, and was selected in 1945 as an All-Star. Wyse suffered a spinal injury that kept him from serving in WWII. As a result, he wore a corset at times to pitch.
- NL All-Star (1945)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1944 & 1945)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1945)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1944-1946)
Dick Wakefield went to college at the University of Michigan. He played major league baseball from 1941 to 1952 as outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and the New York Giants, and was selected in 1943 as an All-Star. After his baseball career, Wakefield worked in taxes, bankruptcy courts and the steel industry. In 1983, Wakefield was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.
- 1942 MVP Texas League Beaumont Exporters
- Named to 1943 AL All-Star Team
- Finished 6th in voting for 1943 AL MVP
- Finished 5th in voting for 1944 AL MVP
Read more about Dick Wakefield at Baseball in Wartime
Dib Williams went to college at Hendrix College and Oklahoma State University. He played major league baseball from 1930 to 1935 as infielder for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Sox, and appeared in the 1931 World Series.
Ken Weafer attended Duke University and he played for the Toledo Mud Hens in 1935. He played major league baseball for a single season in a single game in 1936 as pitcher for the Boston Bees. Pitcher Ken Weafer, also known as “Al Weafer”, played in his only big league game on May 29, 1936. He was troubled by a sore arm but still managed to pitch for the Albany Senators of the Eastern League from 1937 to 1940.
Whitey Wilshere went to college at Indiana University. He played major league baseball from 1934 to 1936 as pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics. Whitey served in the Navy during WWII and became a commissioned Lieutenant from the Naval Academy, serving as an officer and a baseball coach. He was inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
Roger Wolff played major league baseball from 1941 to 1947 as pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1945)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1945)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1942, 1943 & 1945)
- American League Leader in WHIP 1945
Elwood Pierce “Woody” Wheaton was born in Philadelphia, PA and died in 1995 in Lancaster, PA. He played major league baseball from 1943 to 1944 as outfielder and pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics.
Cecil Porter “Lefty” Vaughan was born in 1919 in Stevensville, VA and died in 2008 in Richmond, VA. He played major league baseball from 1940 to 1946 as pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics. After serving in the Army during World War II, he returned to the Athletics briefly before going into the real estate business.
Read more about Porter Vaughan at Baseball in Wartime
Benny Zientara made his major league debut on 9/11/1941. Benny served in the Army from 1941-1945. He continued playing for the Reds from 1946-1948. Following his playing career, he scouted for the Cleveland Indians (1961-1970) and Chicago Cubs (1971-1974), and went to work for the Major League Scouting Bureau when it was formed in 1974. He managed the 1956 Mattoon Phillies, 1957 Moultrie Phillies /Brunswick Phillies, and the 1958 Olean Oilers, and coached the Buffalo Bisons in 1959.
Read more about Benny Zientara at Baseball in Wartime
Bob “Lefty” Uhl played major league baseball for a single season in a single game in each of the 1938 and 1940 seasons as pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers.