September 28, 1895|
|Died: July 14, 1988
Salem County, New Jersey
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|April 12, 1916 for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 18, 1926 for the Brooklyn Robins|
Lawton Walter "Whitey" Witt (born Ladislaw Waldemar Wittkowski, September 28, 1895 – July 14, 1988) was a professional baseball player. He played all or part of ten seasons in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics, New York Yankees, and Brooklyn Robins. In his career, he hit 18 home runs and had 302 RBI. He was the last surviving person to have played on the 1923 New York Yankees team, the first year the Yankees won the World Series.
Witt was well known for having been knocked unconscious by a thrown soda bottle at a game in Sportsman's Park in St. Louis in 1922. The Yankees were locked in a tight pennant race with the St. Louis Browns that year. The person who threw the bottle from the stands was never identified, though the Yankees and Witt came back to win the series (thanks to a key hit by Witt) and beat the Browns by one game for the pennant.
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