Al Platte

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Al Platte
Outfielder
Born: (1890-04-13)April 13, 1890
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died: August 29, 1976(1976-08-29) (aged 86)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 1, 1913, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1913, for the Detroit Tigers
Minor league statistics
Games 1,755
Hits 1,983
Batting average .313
Teams

Alfred Frederick Joseph Platte (April 13, 1890 – August 29, 1976), was an American baseball player. He played professional baseball for 17 years from 1910 to 1926, including 18 games in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers during their 1913 season. He appeared in 1,755 minor league baseball games between 1910 and 1926 and had 1,983 hits for a .313 batting average.

Early years[edit]

Platte was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1890.[1]

Professional baseball[edit]

Platte began his professional baseball career playing for the Cadillac Chiefs in the Michigan State League from 1910 to 1912. He compiled batting averages of .339 in 1911 and .346 in 1912.[2]

He advanced to the International League, playing for the Providence Grays from 1912 to 1914. He compiled a .306 batting average in 1913.[2] At the end of the 1913 season, Platte played for the Detroit Tigers. He made his major league debut on September 1 and appeared in his last major league game on September 18. He appeared in 18 games, five as the backup left fielder, and the rest as a pinch-hitter, and compiled a .111 career batting average.[1] He returned to Providence in 1914 and compiled a .318 average with 23 triples in 597 at bats.[2]

Platte continued to play in the minor leagues until 1926, including stints with the Louisville Colonels (1915-1917),[3] Chattanooga Lookouts (1917),[4] Kansas City Blues (1918),[5] Omaha Rourkes (1920), and Peoria Tractors (1921-1926).[2] His best season was 1922 when he appeared in 124 games for Peoria in the Three-Eye League and compiled a .369 batting average with 59 extra base hits, including 23 triples.[2]

Later years[edit]

Platte died in 1976 at age 86 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Al Platte". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Al Platte Minor League Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Colonels' New Outfield Recruit Plays Ball Because He Likes It". The Courier-Journal (Louisville). January 17, 1915. p. 34 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ "Al Platte Released". The Constitution (Atlanta). August 7, 1917. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ "Al Platte Secured To Play With The Blues". The Courier-Journal. March 10, 1918 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read