September 4, 1912|
|Died: February 1, 1980
|April 17, 1945, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 9, 1945, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||5|
Fred James Walters [Whale] (September 4, 1912 – February 1, 1980) was a backup catcher in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1945 season. Listed at 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 210 lb., Walters batted and threw right-handed. He was signed as a free agent out of Mississippi State University.
A native of Laurel, Mississippi, Walters was one of many players who only appeared in the majors during World War II. He was a .172 hitter (16-for-93) with two runs, two doubles, one stolen base, and five RBI without home runs in 40 games. In 38 catching appearances he posted a .993 fielding percentage (one error in 144 chances).
Walters died in his homeland of Laurel, Mississippi, at the age of 67.
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