Ernie Oravetz

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Ernie Oravetz
Born: (1932-01-24)January 24, 1932
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Died: December 3, 2006(2006-12-03) (aged 74)
Tampa, Florida
Batted: Switch Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 11, 1955, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1956, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average .263
Hits 105
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 36

Ernest Eugene Oravetz (January 24, 1932 – December 3, 2006) was an American professional baseball player. A switch-hitting outfielder who threw left-handed, he played two seasons of Major League Baseball with the 19551956 Washington Senators. He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Oravetz stood only 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m) tall and weighed 145 pounds (66 kg). He never hit more than two home runs in any professional season,[1] but he batted .311 during his minor league career and in 1951, his first year as a pro, he led the Class D Florida State League in batting (.362) and runs scored (122) and was named to the All-Star team.[2]

He collected 105 hits, with eight doubles and three triples, in 188 games played with Washington over two full seasons. He was sent to the minor leagues for good after the 1956 campaign. Oravetz then played his final seven pro seasons in the high minors, mostly in the Senators/Minnesota Twins organization. Coincidentally, in 1958, the Senators would feature another diminutive outfielder, 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m), 140 lb (64 kg) Albie Pearson.

Ernie Oravetz died in Tampa, Florida, where he had settled after his baseball career was over, at the age of 74.[3]


  1. ^ Minor league statistics from Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
  3. ^ Former Johnstown Junior leaguer and Trojan dies at age 74

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