Neal Watlington

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Neal Watlington
Catcher
Born: (1922-12-25) December 25, 1922 (age 94)
Yanceyville, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 10, 1953, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 17, 1953, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .159
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 3
Teams

Julius Neal Watlington (born December 25, 1922) is an American former Major League Baseball player for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1953. Born in Yanceyville, North Carolina, he batted left-handed and threw right-handed; he was listed as 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 195 pounds (88 kg).

Watlington broke into professional baseball in the minor leagues in 1941, then missed five seasons (1942–1946). He served in the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations during World War II,[1] where he received a Purple Heart during his service and was 24 years old when he was signed as a free agent by the New York Giants in 1947. Primarily a catcher, he was acquired by Philadelphia in February 1952 when the Athletics took over as parent team of the Triple-A Ottawa Giants of the International League.

The Athletics recalled Watlington from Ottawa in the midsummer of 1953, and he appeared in 21 games for them through the remainder of the American League season. He started seven games at catcher, served as a defensive replacement in one contest, and was a pinch hitter in 13 others. Watlington's 47 plate appearances produced seven hits, including one double, and three bases on balls. He scored four runs. He returned to the International League in 1954 and played five more seasons of Triple-A baseball until his 1958 retirement.

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