Dummy Leitner

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Dummy Leitner
Born: (1871-06-19)June 19, 1871
Parkton, Maryland
Died: February 20, 1960(1960-02-20) (aged 88)
Baltimore, Maryland
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 29, 1901, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
August 25, 1902, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 0-2
Earned run average 5.34
Strikeouts 4

George Michael "Dummy" Leitner (June 19, 1871 – February 20, 1960) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball for two seasons. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics and New York Giants in 1901 and the Cleveland Bronchos and Chicago White Sox in 1902.[1]

Leitner was deaf and was nicknamed "Dummy" like the other deaf baseball players of his era.[2]

He had a deaf sister, Lydia (died at 21), and deaf brother, Frank, who was active in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He married a deaf woman named Helen (wee Wells) and had two children, a deaf daughter named Helen who was later married to deaf August Wriede, and a hearing son named Clarence Wells Leitner, who was known for his intelligence in writing and editing for the Evening Sun and North East newspaper for the city of Baltimore. George and Clarence Leitner and August Wriede all worked for the Baltimore Sun. He died in Baltimore, Maryland, at the age of 88.


  1. ^ "Dummy Leitner Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
  2. ^ Doxsie, Don. Iron Man McGinnity: A Baseball Biography (McFarland, 2009), p. 74.

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