Neil Berry (baseball)

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Neil Berry
Shortstop, Second baseman
Born: (1922-01-11)January 11, 1922
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Died: August 24, 2016(2016-08-24) (aged 94)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 1948, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 11, 1954, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Batting average .244
Hits 265
Runs batted in 74
Teams

Cornelius John "Neil" Berry (January 11, 1922 – August 24, 2016) was a Major League Baseball infielder who played seven seasons in the American League with the Detroit Tigers (1948–1952), St. Louis Browns (1953), Chicago White Sox (1953), and Baltimore Orioles (1954).

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Berry attended Western Michigan University and signed with the Detroit Tigers in 1942 at age 20. He made it to the major leagues in 1948 as a utility infielder for Detroit, playing 41 games at shortstop and at 26 games at second base. With the retirement of Eddie Mayo, Berry became the Tigers starting second baseman in 1949, hitting only .237 with 18 RBIs in 329 at bats. In 1950, Berry lost the starting second baseman job to Jerry Priddy and had only 40 at bats.

Berry continued as a utility infielder for Detroit in 1951 and 1952, playing mostly as a shortstop. At the end of the 1952 season, the Tigers traded Berry to the St. Louis Browns. Berry played in 57 games for the Browns in 1953, but was released in late August and claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox on September 1, 1953. He played in only five games for the White Sox and finished his playing career playing five games with the Baltimore Orioles in 1954. In his major league career, Berry played in 442 games with a .244 batting average, 835 assists, 612 putouts, 177 double plays, 265 hits, 148 runs scored, 74 RBIs, 28 doubles and no home runs.

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