December 23, 1882|
|Died: February 10, 1947
|September 13, 1907|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 2, 1918|
|Career highlights and awards|
George (Lucky) Whiteman (December 23, 1882 – February 10, 1947) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball, playing mainly as a left fielder for the Boston Americans (1907), New York Yankees (1913) and Boston Red Sox (1918) between the 1907 and 1918. Listed at 5' 7", 160 lb., Whiteman batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Peoria, Illinois.
A 35-year-old minor league journeyman, Whiteman filled in outfield for the Boston Red Sox whenever Babe Ruth was pitching. Prior to the 1918 season, he had played in only 15 major league games since 1907 before becoming the surprise hero of the World Champion Boston team. Although Ruth and Carl Mays won two games apiece in the World Series, Whiteman batted just .250 (5-for-20) against the Chicago Cubs but delivered some key hits and made several run-saving catches in the outfield, specially in the eighth inning of the final game won by the Red Sox, 2–1, at Fenway Park. He never appeared in another major league game after the Series.
Whiteman died in Houston, Texas, at the age of 64.
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- The Boston Globe – It may have been the last title but it was hardly the best