Saturday, July 16, 2005
July 16th, 1999
Whit Wyatt Dies
Whit Wyatt, in addition to having a name like a Southern sheriff, was a long-time Major Leaguer, pitching for Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Philly and (longer and better than for anyone else) Brooklyn in the course of a sixteen year career. Wyatt was a fairly average starter for most of his career, which was something of a disappointment as he had been a high school superstar in his native Georgia, reputed to have struck out twenty-three Oglethorpe University batters in a game. In 1929 he had sixteen straight wins for
After several middling years the Tigers traded Wyatt to the White Sox. He would have several more ineffective and injury-filled years, pitching as few as three innings in a season, and was let go to the Indians. Wyatt pitched another underwhelming season there and had now spent all or part of nine seasons in the Majors with only one really better-than-average year. He spent 1938, therefore, in the American Association where he evidently figured something out as he was voted League MVP and signed by
Wyatt never pitched in the Majors after those seasons, but would stay in the game as a pitching coach for the Braves and Phillies, during which time he reportedly attempted to encourage his pupils to follow the headhunting ways he had practiced during his own career.