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Vic Wertz


From the "This Great Game" card back: Most famous for a ball he hit that was caught by someone else. In the 1954 World Series, Wertz smacked a drive to deep center that soared over the head of young Willie Mays. It was destined for the Polo Grounds warning track, a sure triple. But Willie sprinted under the ball and it nestled into his outreached glove as he was running with his back to the infield. “All I was thinking about as I rounded first,” Vic said, “was standing on third.”


Birth Date: February 9, 1925
Birth Location: York, PA
Death Date: July 7, 1983
Death Location: Detroit MI, USA
Weight: 186 lb
Height: 6 ft 0 in
Bats: L
Throws: R
Debut Date: April 15, 1947
Final Game Date: September 19, 1963
Years Played: 21
Games Played: 1,862
At Bats: 6,099
Runs: 867
Hits: 1,692
Doubles: 289
Triples: 42
Home Runs: 266
RBIs: 1,178
Stolen Bases: 9
Base on Balls: 828
Batting Average: 0.277
Position: Right Fielder

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