Turkey Tyson

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Turkey Tyson
Pinch hitter
Born: (1914-12-06)December 6, 1914
Elm City, North Carolina
Died: February 17, 2000(2000-02-17) (aged 85)
Elm City, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 1944, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
April 23, 1944, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Games played 1
At bats 1
Hits 0

Cecil Washington "Turkey" Tyson (December 6, 1914 – February 17, 2000) nicknamed "Slim" was a Major League Baseball player.

Tyson is one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II. His MLB career consisted of one at bat as a pinch hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies at Braves Field on April 23, 1944. He went 0-for-1 for a batting average of .000. Tyson did not appear in the field. The 29-year-old rookie stood 6'5" and weighed 225 lbs.

He played 15 seasons in the minor leagues, beginning with the Tallahassee Capitals of the Georgia-Florida League and the Greenwood Dodgers of the Cotton States League in 1938. His best minor league season was in 1940, when he had a batting average of .363 with 5 home runs for two separate teams. His last minor league season was in 1952 with the Rocky Mount Leafs of the Coastal Plain League. He was a first baseman and outfielder.

He died in his hometown of Elm City, North Carolina, at the age of 85.

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