September 15, 1929|
|Died: July 29, 2008
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 21, 1954 for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 23, 1955 for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Earned run average||6.82|
Leroy William Wheat (September 15, 1929 in Edwardsville, Illinois – July 29, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) was a right-handed pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1954 and the Kansas City Athletics in 1955.
Prior to playing professionally, he attended Truman State University. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians prior to the 1948 season, however on February 19, 1954, he was traded with Bill Upton to the Athletics for Dave Philley.
Wheat began his major league career on April 21, 1954 at the age of 24 against the Washington Senators. Relieving Marion Fricano, Wheat pitched three innings, allowing six runs on five hits and five walks. In eight games with the Athletics in 1954, Wheat went 0–2 with a 5.72 ERA. He appeared in three games for the Kansas City Athletics in 1955, going 0–0 with a 22.50 ERA. On April 23 of that year, he pitched in his final major league game. Overall, he went 0–2 with a 6.82 ERA in 11 appearances.