Hub Walker

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Hub Walker
Center fielder
Born: (1906-08-17)August 17, 1906
Gulfport, Mississippi
Died: November 26, 1982(1982-11-26) (aged 76)
San Jose, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1931 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1945 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Batting average .263
Home runs 5
RBI 60
Teams

Harvey Willos "Hub" Walker (August 17, 1906 – November 26, 1982) was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played five seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1931, 1935, 1945) and Cincinnati Reds (1936–1937). Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Walker was the brother of Major League player, Gee Walker. Hub and his younger brother, Gee, were teammates both at the University of Mississippi and with the Detroit Tigers in 1931 and 1935. Hub Walker played in 297 Major League games, 211 in the outfield. Walker had a career . 263 batting average with a .354 on-base percentage.

Brother Gee Walker played for the Tigers in their 1935 World Series championship, and Hub played for the Tigers a decade late in their 1945 World Series championship.

Hub Walker joined the Detroit Tigers late in the 1945 season after serving three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Having had only 28 plate appearances, Walker was ineligible for the World Series, but MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler waived the rules to allow the returning World War II veteran to play in the Series. Walker played in two games of the 1945 World Series for the Tigers, getting a double and scoring a run in two World Series at bats as a pinch hitter.

Walker also played in the minor leagues for the Minneapolis Millers and Toledo Mudhens.

Hub Walkler died in 1982 at age 76 in San Jose, California.[1]

Hub Walker donated his papers to the University of Mississippi Library. The papers available there include correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and a notebook of World War II reminiscences.[2]

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