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Walter Anton Berger (October 10, 1905 – November 30, 1988) was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played for four National League teams, primarily the Boston Braves. Berger was the National League's starting center fielder in baseball's first All-Star Game. One of the league's top sluggers of the early 1930s, in his initial 1930 season he hit 38 home runs, a record for rookies which stood until 1987; he still holds a share of the NL record. He also led the league in home runs and runs batted in in 1935 despite the Braves having the fourth-most losses in MLB history, and went on to become the seventh NL player to hit 200 career home runs.

Thomas Jefferson Davis Bridges (December 28, 1906 – April 19, 1968) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Detroit Tigers from 1930 to 1946. During the 1930s, he used an outstanding curveball to become one of the mainstays of the team's pitching staff, winning 20 games in three consecutive seasons and helping the team to its first World Series championship with two victories in the 1935 Series. He retired with 1,674 career strikeouts, then the eighth highest total in American League history, and held the Tigers franchise record for career strikeouts from 1941 to 1951.

William Benjamin Chapman (December 25, 1908 – July 7, 1993) was an American outfielder, pitcher, and manager in Major League Baseball who played for several teams. He began his career with the New York Yankees, playing his first seven seasons there. During the period from 1926 to 1943, Chapman had more stolen bases than any other player, leading the American League four times. After twelve seasons, during which he batted .302 and led the AL in assists and double plays twice each, he spent two years in the minor leagues and returned to the majors as a National League pitcher for three seasons, becoming player-manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, his final team. His playing reputation was eclipsed by the role he played in 1947 as manager of the Phillies, antagonizing Jackie Robinson by shouting racist epithets and opposing his presence on a major league team on the basis of Robinson's race with unsportsmanlike conduct that proved an embarrassment for his team.

Mickey Cochrane batted .320 during his 13-year career and excelled behind the plate. He also possessed that special trait - a fierce competitive spirit - which gave him exceptional leadership qualities. "Black Mike" sparked the Philadelphia Athletics' pennant- winning teams in 1929, 1930 and 1931, hitting .331, .357 and .349, respectively. As player-manager for the Detroit Tigers from 1934 to 1937, he guided the team to the American League championship n 1934 and the World Series title in 1935. A beaning in 1937 ended his playing career. Elected 1947.

Roger Maxwell "Doc" Cramer (July 22, 1905 – September 9, 1990) was an American center fielder and left-handed batter in Major League Baseball who played for four American League teams from 1929 to 1948. A mainstay at the top of his team's lineup for many years, Cramer led the American League in at bats a record seven times and in singles five times. He hit over .300 eight times, primarily with the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox, and retired among the league's career leaders in hits (10th, 2705), games played (10th, 2239) and at bats (5th, 9140). One of the few major leaguers to play regularly in center field after turning 40, he also ended his career among the major leagues' all-time leaders in games in center field (3rd, 2031) and outfield putouts (4th, 5412), and ranked seventh in AL history in total games in the outfield (2142).

Joe Cronin was the first to work his way from the playing field to the league presidency. A lifetime .301 hitter with 515 career doubles, Cronin was selected as an American League All-Star seven times. At age 26, he won the 1933 pennant as a player-manager with Washington Senators before being trade to the Boston Red Sox following the 1934 season, where his roles included player, manager, general manager, treasurer and vice president. He served two terms as AL president, overseeing the league's expansion from eight to twelve teams. Hall of Fames slugger Ted Williams praised his former manager stating, "Whatever I am, I owe to Joe." Elected 1956.

The flamboyant ace on the Depression era St. Louis Cardinals, Jay Hanna Dean led the raucous "Gashouse Gang" to a World Series championship in 1934, in doing so, he remains the last National League pitcher with 30 wins in a season. Given to self-assured boasting, Dean was fond of saying: "If you can do it, it ain't bragging." After a broken toe suffered in the 1937 All-Star Game led to injuries that slowing halted his pitching career, Dean became a legendary broadcaster known for twisting the English language while winning generations of fans on radio and television. Elected 1953.

The flamboyant ace on the Depression era St. Louis Cardinals, Jay Hanna Dean led the raucous "Gashouse Gang" to a World Series championship in 1934, in doing so, he remains the last National League pitcher with 30 wins in a season. Given to self-assured boasting, Dean was fond of saying: "If you can do it, it ain't bragging." After a broken toe suffered in the 1937 All-Star Game led to injuries that slowing halted his pitching career, Dean became a legendary broadcaster known for twisting the English language while winning generations of fans on radio and television. Elected 1953.

Samuel Paul Derringer (October 17, 1906 – November 17, 1987) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three National League teams from 1931 to 1945, primarily the Cincinnati Reds. He won 20 games for Cincinnati four times between 1935 and 1940, peaking with a 25–7 season in 1939 as the Reds won the NL pennant for the first time in 20 years. His 161 victories with Cincinnati are the club record for a right-hander, and rank second in franchise history to Eppa Rixey's 179; he also held the team record for career strikeouts when his career ended. His 579 games pitched ranked eighth in NL history when he retired, and his average of 1.88 walks per 9 innings pitched ranked behind only Christy Mathewson (1.59) and Grover Cleveland Alexander (1.65) among pitchers with 3000 innings in the NL since 1900.

A strong and durable receiver for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators, Rick Ferrell set an American League record for games caught (1,806) that lasted more than 40 years. Ferrell had a special knack for handling the knuckler - the out-pitch for four Senator starters. The reliable backstop hit .281 lifetime and better than .300 four times during an 18-year career. Connie Mack's respect for the North Carolina farm boy was so great that Ferrell caught all nice innings of the first All-Star Game in 1933. Ferrell was ultimately names to seven All-Star teams. Elected 1984.

A fearsome hitter whose power earned him the moniker "The Beast," Jimmie Foxx anchored an intimidating Philadelphia Athletics lineup that produced pennant winners from 1929 to 1931. The second batter in history to tope 500 home runs, Foxx belted 30 or more homers in 12 consecutive seasons and drove in more than 100 runs 13 straight years, including an astounding 175 in 1938 with the Boston Red Sox. Referring to the powerful first baseman's physique, the New York Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez said, "He has muscles in his hair." A three -time Most Valuable Player, "Double X" also took the Triple Crown in 1933. Elected 1951.

A fearsome hitter whose power earned him the moniker "The Beast," Jimmie Foxx anchored an intimidating Philadelphia Athletics lineup that produced pennant winners from 1929 to 1931. The second batter in history to tope 500 home runs, Foxx belted 30 or more homers in 12 consecutive seasons and drove in more than 100 runs 13 straight years, including an astounding 175 in 1938 with the Boston Red Sox. Referring to the powerful first baseman's physique, the New York Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez said, "He has muscles in his hair." A three -time Most Valuable Player, "Double X" also took the Triple Crown in 1933. Elected 1951.

Known as the "Fordham Flash," Frankie Frisch jumped directly from Fordham University to the New York Giants and played o eight pennant winners in 19 seasons. A switch-hitter, Frisch compiled 11 straight .300 seasons and retired with numerous fielding records for second basemen. Recalling Frisch, writer Damon Runyon wrote, "Tell 'em most especially about the way Frisch played second base, some of center field and a slice of right field too." As player-manager (and later, manger) of the St. Louis Cardinals, Frisch instilled the rollicking, all-out style of hard-nosed play that produced two World Series championships and prompted sportswriters to tab the Cardinals "The Gashouse Gang." Elected 1947.

Baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig teamed with Babe Ruth to form the sport's most devastating tandem. A "Gibraltar in cleats," Gehrig posted 13 consecutive seasons with 100 runs scored and 100 RBI, averaging 141 runs and 149 RBI. The two-time American League Most Valuable Player set an AL mark with 185 RBI in 1931, hit a record 23 career grand slams and won the 1934 Triple Crown. His .361 batting average in seven World Series led the New York Yankees to six titles. A true gentleman and a tragic figure, Gehrig's consecutive games played streak ended at 2,130 when he was sidelined by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a disease that now bears his name. Elected 1939.

Known as "The Mechanical Man" for his remarkable consistency, Charlie Gehringer batted better than .300 in 13 seasons and collected more than 200 hits seven times. As New York Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez put it, "He's in a rut. He goes 2 for 5 on Opening Day and stays that way all season." An agile second baseman with quick hands, Gehringer led the league in assists and fielding percentage seven times each. Regarding his quiet reputation, the six-time All-Star said, "You can't talk your way into a batting championship." A cornerstone of three pennant-winning Tigers teams, he won the 1937 Most Valuable Player Award by batting .371. Elected 1949.

Vernon "Lefty" Gomez brought a big-league fastball from California to the New York Yankees and helped guide the club to seven pennants. "El Goofy" was known for saying, "I'd rather be lucky than good." Gomez continued to win despite a sore arm, relying more on his curve. "I'm throwing as hard as I ever did; the balls just not getting there as fast," he explained. Gomez won the pitching Triple Crown twice (1934 and 1937) and was a seven-time All-Star, starting the inaugural Midsummer Classic in 1933. At his best in the World Series, Gomez won six of seven starts without a loss. Elected 1972.

Journalist Arthur Baer once noted, "Lefty Grove could throw a lamb past a wolf." Robert Moses "Lefty" Grove, arguably one of the greatest left-handed pitchers of all time, was famous for his hard-headed, competitive nature. Connie Mack purchased him from the minor-league Baltimore Orioles for a then-record $100,600 in 1924, and Grimes pitche the Philadelphia Athletics to three straight AL pennants and two World Series titles from 1929 to 1931, going 19-15. He led the league in wins on four occasions, in winning percentage in five seasons, in strikeouts seven consecutive times, and in ERA a staggering nine times. Elected 1947.

Charles "Gabby" Hartnett excelled both behind the plate and at the plate, becoming the first backstop in history to slug 200 home runs and drive in 1,000 runs in a career. His catching prowess prompted pitcher Dizzy Dean to proclaim, "If I had that guy to pitch to all the time, I'd never lose a game." Hartnett, who spent 19 seasons with the Chicago Cubs - where he won four pennants - was named to the NL All-Star Game in the first six years the contest was held, starting behind the plate in 1934, 1936 and 1937. he also won the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 1935. Elected 1955.

William Jennings Bryan "Billy" Herman was the model for all National League second basemen in the 1930's and early 1940's. A smart player with great bat control, he mastered the hit-and-run and the bunt. Hall of Fame manager Leo Durocher said Herman was, "universally accepted as the classic number two hitter...an absolute master of hitting behind a runner." Herman batted .304 for his career and was a 10-time All-Star. His hitting and solid defense let to three Chicago Cubs pennants in the 1930's and one with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941. Elected 1975.

Master of the screwball, left-handed "King Carl" Hubbell was one of the best pitchers of the 1930's. Unflappable on the mound Hubbell became a national sensation for striking out five straight Hall of Famers in the 1934 All-Star Game: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin. From 1929 to 1937, the New York Giants' "Meal Ticket" averaged 20 wins, led the club to three pennants and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award twice. Waite Hoyt claimed, "Hubbell is the greatest pitcher in the league. Elected 1947.

Johnny Leonard Roosevelt "Pepper" Martin (February 29, 1904 – March 5, 1965) was an American professional baseball player and minor league manager. He was known as the Wild Horse of the Osage because of his daring, aggressive baserunning abilities. Martin played in Major League Baseball as a third baseman and an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1930s and early 1940s. He was best known for his heroics during the 1931 World Series, in which he was the catalyst in a Cardinals' upset victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. Martin was an integral member of the Cardinals' teams of the 1930s that became known as the Gashouse Gang for their roguish behavior and practical jokes. Martin was even referred to as the inspiration for the pre-game warmup routine of "pepper. Early in his career, he was labeled by some contemporary press reports as the next Ty Cobb because of his spirited, hustling style of play. However, because his headlong attitude on the playing field took a physical toll on his body, he never lived up to those initial expectations. After the end of his playing career, he continued his career in baseball as a successful minor league baseball manager.

Tough and gruff, outfielder Joe Medwick's competitive spirit typified the rowdy "Gashouse Gang" Cardinals of the 1930s. Van Lingle Mungo claimed, "No game is ever won against the Cardinals until Medwick is out in the ninth." "Ducky" batted .300 or better in his first 11 seasons and ended his 17-year career with a .324 batting average. He also collected 1,383 career RBI - topping the National League for three consecutive seasons (1936-1938). In 1937, he won the MVP Award by capturing the Triple Crown and leading the senior circuit in nine other categories. Elected 1968.

Tough and gruff, outfielder Joe Medwick's competitive spirit typified the rowdy "Gashouse Gang" Cardinals of the 1930s. Van Lingle Mungo claimed, "No game is ever won against the Cardinals until Medwick is out in the ninth." "Ducky" batted .300 or better in his first 11 seasons and ended his 17-year career with a .324 batting average. He also collected 1,383 career RBI - topping the National League for three consecutive seasons (1936-1938). In 1937, he won the MVP Award by capturing the Triple Crown and leading the senior circuit in nine other categories. Elected 1968.

Melvin Thomas "Mel" Ott was a New York Giants hero for 22 seasons, during which he emerged as one of the game's premier sluggers. As a 17-year old "Boy Wonder" in 1926, Ott's size belied his power. Using an unorthodox batting style in which he lifted his right foot prior to impact, he smashed 511 home runs, then a National League record. He hit 30-or-more homers in a season eight times and led or shared the league lead on six occasions. "Master Melvin" earned 11 consecutive All-Star selections and batted .304 lifetime with 488 doubles NS 1,860 RBI. Elected 1951.

Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe (January 11, 1910 – January 8, 1961) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, primarily for the Detroit Tigers (1932–42) and Philadelphia Phillies (1943, 1946–49). He was a three-time All-Star (1935, 1936 & 1947), and a member of three Tigers' World Series teams (1934, 1935 & 1940). Rowe also contributed to the Tigers' success in 1934 and 1935 with his hitting. In 1934, he hit for a .303 batting average and had eight doubles, two home runs, and 22 RBIs in 109 at bats. In 1935, he raised his average to .312 with three home runs and 28 RBIs in 109 at bats. In his fifteen seasons in the big leagues, Rowe hit eighteen home runs (14th best in major league history for a pitcher) and 153 RBIs. His career batting average was .263 (239-for-909).

Harold Henry Schumacher (November 23, 1910 – April 21, 1993), nicknamed "Prince Hal", was an American professional baseball player and right-handed pitcher who appeared in 391 games pitched (and 450 games in all) in Major League Baseball for the New York Giants (1931–42; 1946. Schumacher was still an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University when he first signed with the Giants in 1931. He required only eight games of minor league seasoning before earning a place on the Giants' pitching staff in 1932. The following year (during which he received his degree from St. Lawrence), Schumacher helped pitch the Giants to the 1933 National League pennant and World Series championship. His 19 victories, 2582/3 innings pitched, 21 complete games, seven shutouts and 2.16 earned run average were second on the staff only to Carl Hubbell, the future Baseball Hall of Fame left-hander. During the 1933 fall classic, he started two games against the Washington Senators and won Game 2, 6–1, turning in a complete game, five-hit effort and driving in three runs himself. He also started the clinching Game 5, and departed in the sixth inning with the score tied, 3–3. Adolfo Luque came on in relief and was the winning pitcher, as the Giants triumphed 4–3 in extra innings. Schumacher was selected to the National League squad for two of the first three All-Star games ever played, including the maiden 1933 midsummer classic. He did not appear in that contest, but returned to the NL All-Star team in 1935 and hurled four innings of one-run ball in the American League's 4–1 victory at Cleveland Stadium.

Al Simmons grew up in a poor section of Milwaukee and was a classic case of local boy making good, playing parts of his first two professional seasons with the minor league Milwaukee Brewers. "Bucketfoot Al" was the consummate ballplayer - he could run, hit for power and average, and was an excellent fielder with a tremendous throwing arm. Paired with Jimmie Foxx on the Philadelphia Athletics, the two sluggers formed a dangerous 1-2 punch, leading the club to three straight appearances in the World Series (1929-1931). Simmons was a favorite of Connie Mack, who once said, "I wish I had nine players named Al Simmons." Elected 1953.

Bill Terry referred to hitting as a business. With a lifetime .341 batting average - a modern National League record for left-handed batters - his business was a resounding success. The last player in the NL to top .400, Terry socked 254 hits in 1930, when he hit .401. An excellent fielder and team leader, he succeeded John McGraw as the New York Giants manager in 1932 and won three pennants and a World Series championship in the next six years. Elected 1954.

Joseph Floyd "Arky" Vaughn starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates for a decade, hitting better than .300 every year and batting 318 lifetime. Honus Wagner, his mentor and a fellow Hall of Famer shortstop, called Vaughn, "one of the sweetest hitters I ever saw. And fast!" Vaughn let the league in runs scored and triples three times each, and in 1935 batted .385, a 20th century record for National League shortstops. Though not a power hitter the nine-time All-Star homered twice in the 1941 Midsummer Classic. The pride of tiny Cliffy, Arkansas ("The Crown Jewel of the Ozark Mountains"), Floyd (Arky) Vaughn made his mark over a 17-year big league career. The dependable shortstop drowned during a fishing trip in 1952, Elected 1985.

Joseph Floyd "Arky" Vaughn starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates for a decade, hitting better than .300 every year and batting 318 lifetime. Honus Wagner, his mentor and a fellow Hall of Famer shortstop, called Vaughn, "one of the sweetest hitters I ever saw. And fast!" Vaughn let the league in runs scored and triples three times each, and in 1935 batted .385, a 20th century record for National League shortstops. Though not a power hitter the nine-time All-Star homered twice in the 1941 Midsummer Classic. The pride of tiny Cliffy, Arkansas ("The Crown Jewel of the Ozark Mountains"), Floyd (Arky) Vaughn made his mark over a 17-year big league career. The dependable shortstop drowned during a fishing trip in 1952, Elected 1985.

Joseph Floyd "Arky" Vaughn starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates for a decade, hitting better than .300 every year and batting 318 lifetime. Honus Wagner, his mentor and a fellow Hall of Famer shortstop, called Vaughn, "one of the sweetest hitters I ever saw. And fast!" Vaughn let the league in runs scored and triples three times each, and in 1935 batted .385, a 20th century record for National League shortstops. Though not a power hitter the nine-time All-Star homered twice in the 1941 Midsummer Classic. The pride of tiny Cliffy, Arkansas ("The Crown Jewel of the Ozark Mountains"), Floyd (Arky) Vaughn made his mark over a 17-year big league career. The dependable shortstop drowned during a fishing trip in 1952, Elected 1985.

Joseph Franklin Vosmik (April 4, 1910 – January 27, 1962) was an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians (1930–36), St. Louis Browns (1937), Boston Red Sox (1938–39), Brooklyn Dodgers (1940–41) and Washington Senators (1944). He helped the Dodgers win the 1941 National League Pennant. He was voted to the 1935 American League All-Star Team as a right fielder. He finished 3rd in voting for the 1935 AL MVP Award for leading the league in hits (216), doubles (47) and triples (20). He also played in 152 games and had 620 at bats, 93 runs, 10 home runs, 110 RBIs, 2 stolen bases, 59 walks, a .348 batting average, a .408 on-base percentage, a .537 slugging percentage, 333 total bases, and 5 sacrifice hits. He finished 21st in voting for the 1938 AL MVP Award for leading the league in hits (201), playing in 146 games, and having 621 at-bats, 121 runs, 37 doubles, 6 triples, 9 home runs, 86 RBIs, 59 walks, a .324 batting average, a .384 on-base percentage, a .446 slugging percentage, 277 total bases, and 7 sacrifice hits. In 13 seasons he played in 1,414 games and had 5,472 at-bats, 818 runs, 1,682 hits, 335 doubles, 92 triples, 65 home runs, 874 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, 514 walks, a .307 batting average, a .369 on-base percentage, a .438 slugging percentage, 2,396 total bases, and 77 sacrifice hits. His career fielding percentage was .979.

According to legend, New York Giants manager John McGraw received a flippant scouting report on Paul Waner: "That little punk don't even know how to put on a uniform," Upon seeing Waner play, McGraw fired the scout. "That little punt don't know how to put on a uniform, but he's removed three of my pitchers with line drives this week," McGraw roared. Waner began his baseball career as a pitcher, but his hitting prowess assured that "Big Poison" would play every day. During a 20-year career, Waner accumulated 3,152 hits, batted .333, won three National League batting championships and garnered the 1927 MVP Award. Elected 1952.

Samuel Filmore West (October 5, 1904 – November 23, 1985) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams from 1927 to 1942. West batted and threw left-handed. He was born in Longview, Texas. West entered the majors in 1927 with the Washington Senators, playing six years for them before moving to the St. Louis Browns (1933–1938), again with Washington (1938–1941), and the Chicago White Sox (1942). His most productive season came in 1931 when he posted a career-high .333 batting average and reached career highs in slugging percentage (.481), hits (175), doubles (43), triples (13), and rbi (91). In 1933, he was selected to the first All-Star Game ever played, being selected again in 1934, 1935 and 1937. During his career, West collected a .300 average during eight seasons; led AL outfielders in putouts twice, double plays three times, and assists once, and four times was considered in the AL Most Valuable Player vote. Although he played with Washington during ten seasons, he missed the American League pennant-winning team that lost the 1933 World Series to the New York Giants after being traded to the Browns in exchange for Goose Goslin. In a sixteen-season career, West was a .299 hitter (1838-for-6148) with 75 home runs and 838 RBI in 1753 games, including 934 runs, 347 doubles, 101 triples, 53 stolen bases, a .371 on-base percentage, and a .425 slugging percentage. Defensively, he posted a .983 fielding percentage. Following his playing career, West served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After discharge from the service, he spent three years as a coach with the Senators.

Burgess Urquhart "Whitey" Whitehead (June 29, 1910 – November 25, 1993) was a Major League Baseball second baseman from 1933 to 1946. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Whitehead was born in Tarboro, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina and started his professional baseball career with the Class AAA Columbus Red Birds in 1931. He batted over .300 in each of the next three seasons, helping to lead the 1933 team to the American Association pennant. In 1934 and 1935, Whitehead was a utility infielder for the National League Cardinals. He was a member of the 1934 World Series champion team and was friends with future Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean. Whitehead was selected to the All-Star team in 1935. Whitehead was traded to the Giants in December for first baseman/outfielder Phil Weintraub and pitcher Roy Parmelee. With a weak bat but a good glove at second base, he helped the Giants win two consecutive pennants in 1936 and 1937. In 1937, he led all second basemen in fielding percentage and putouts, and he was named to the All-Star team for the second time. Before the 1938 season, Whitehead suffered a nervous breakdown following an appendectomy. He sat out the entire season. He came back in 1939 but hit poorly, and his behavior was erratic; he was suspended twice during the season and reportedly assaulted a woman in North Carolina. Nonetheless, Whitehead rejoined the Giants in 1940 and had a good season. His hitting numbers declined again in 1941, however, and he was sold to the International League's Toronto Maple Leafs. In December 1942, Whitehead was inducted into the Army Air Force. He spent three years out of professional baseball and returned for one more major league season in 1946, with the Pirates. He hit a career-low .220 and went back to the minors with the Jersey City Giants. After two seasons in Jersey City, Whitehead retired. He was the last surviving member of the St. Louis Cardinals' Gashouse Gang team that won the 1934 World Series. In 1981, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

James Wilson (July 23, 1900 – May 31, 1947), nicknamed "Ace," was an American professional athlete in soccer and baseball. He began his professional sports career as a soccer outside right in the National Association Football League and American Soccer League before becoming a catcher, manager and coach in Major League Baseball. Wilson was the starting catcher for the National League in baseball's first All-Star game. He threw and batted right-handed and was listed at 6 ft 1 1/2 in (187 cm) tall and 200 pounds (91 kg). In 1928, he joined baseball history when he was traded by the Phillies to the Cardinals during a game between the two teams. According to one account, "Wilson was a Phil for two innings, then darted into Redbird regalia, and sat on the St. Louis bench, for the remainder of the game."[3] After the 1933 season, he was traded back to the Phillies for fellow catcher Spud Davis and infielder Eddie Delker. From 1934 through 1938, he was the player-manager of his hometown Phillies, one of the worst teams in baseball at the time. He guided the Phils to three seventh place and two eighth (last) place finishes; in his final season, Philadelphia lost 103 of 149 games. He then joined the Cincinnati coaching staff in 1939 and played only four games that season. Wilson umpired a major league game in 1940, under unusual circumstances. A game on April 23 between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals had been postponed, and when it was about to be played at Crosley Field on May 13, it was found that no umpires had been assigned by the National League. Umpire Larry Goetz, who lived in Cincinnati, was summoned to the ballpark and served as home plate umpire. Wilson umpired at first base, and Cardinals' pitcher Lon Warneke umpired at third base.[5] The game ended as an 8–8 tie after 14 innings, called due to darkness.[6]