Skeeter Webb

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Skeeter Webb
Infielder
Born: (1909-11-04)November 4, 1909
Meridian, Mississippi
Died: July 8, 1986(1986-07-08) (aged 76)
Meridian, Mississippi
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 20, 1932 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
August 31, 1948 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .219
Home runs 3
Runs scored 166
Teams

James Laverne "Skeeter" Webb (November 4, 1909 – July 8, 1986) was an American professional baseball player from 1932 to 1949. He played 12 seasons as an infielder in Major League Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals (1932), Cleveland Indians (1938–1939), Chicago White Sox (1940–1944), Detroit Tigers (1945–1947), and Philadelphia Athletics (1948).

Early years[edit]

Webb was born in Meridian, Mississippi, in 1909. He attended the University of Mississippi.[1]

Professional baseball career[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

He began his major league career on July 20, 1932, with the St. Louis Cardinals at the age of 23. He appeared in only one game in 1932 and did not have a plate appearance for the Cardinals.[1]

Minor leagues[edit]

Webb did not make another major league club for six years. From 1932 to 1937, Webb played for six minor league clubs, including the Springfield Senators (1932-1933), Cedar Rapids Raiders (1935-1936), and Columbus Red Birds (1932 and 1937). He compiled a career-high .320 batting average in 472 at bats with Cedar Rapids in 1935.[2]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

In April 1938, he signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians. In 1939, he played in 81 games at shortstop for the Indians and had a .264 batting average, the highest of his major league career.[1] He also appeared in 39 games with the Buffalo Bisons of the International League in 1939.[2]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

Traded to the Chicago White Sox in January 1940, he was moved to second base where he played 74 games. His batting average dropped to .237 in 1940, and he was relegated to the role of a utility infielder and back-up second baseman in 1942 and 1943. However, with the major league talent pool depleted, Webb won the job as the Sox' starting shortstop in 1944. However, he hit only .211 in 513 at bats for the 1944 White Sox.[1]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

Traded to the Detroit Tigers at the end of the 1944 season, Webb was the Tigers' starting shortstop in their 1945 World Series championship season. Skeeter played 104 games at shortstop for the 1945 Tigers but proved to be a liability at bat. His batting average dropped to .199 in 1945, as Webb got only 81 hits in 407 at bats.[1] Some believe that Webb was able to hold onto the starting shortstop job despite his weak hitting, because the Tigers' manager Steve O'Neill was his father-in-law.

Despite his weak hitting performance in the regular season, Webb played all seven games of the 1945 World Series as the Tigers' shortstop. He hit .185 in the World Series, going 5-for-27, though he did score 5 runs. In Game 7, Webb had his best performances, scoring two runs and fielding the final out of the Series.

In 1946 and 1947, Webb stayed with the Tigers as a backup second baseman.

Philadelphia Athletics[edit]

He finished his major league career playing in 23 games for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1948, where he hit a career-low .148. He played in his final game on August 31, 1948.[1]

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

During the 1949 season, Webb played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the International League. He appeared in 49 games for Toronto.[2]

Career totals[edit]

In 12 major league seasons, Webb played in 699 games, 368 at shortstop, 282 at second base, and seven at third base. Webb had a career .219 batting average, a .263 on-base percentage, and a .368 slugging percentage.[1]

Later years[edit]

Webb died in Meridian, Mississippi, in 1986.[1]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Skeeter Webb profile". baseball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Skeeter Webb Minor League Statistics". baseball-reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 

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