Yats Wuestling

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Yats Wuestling
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Shortstop
Born: (1903-04-26)April 26, 1903
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: October 18, 1970(1970-10-18) (aged 67)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 25, 1929, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1930, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average .189
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 19
Teams

George Wuestling (October 18, 1903 – April 26, 1970), sometimes referred to as "Yats" or "Yatz", was an American baseball player. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he played professional baseball, primarily as a shortstop, from 1924 to 1934, including two seasons in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers in 1929 and 1930 and with the New York Yankees in 1930. He compiled a .189 batting average in 83 major league games. He also played several years in the minor leagues, including three years for the Terre Haute Tots from 1925 to 1927 and three years for the Portland Beavers in 1928, 1929 and 1931.

Early years[edit]

Wuestling was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1903.[1]

Professional baseball[edit]

Wuestling began playing professional baseball with a team in Independence, Missouri.[2] In 1924, he played for the Arkansas City Osages of the Southwestern League. He compiled a .284 batting average in 128 games for Arkansas City.[3] He then spent three years from 1925 to 1927 with the Terre Haute Tots in the Three-Eye League, compiling batting averages of .275 in 1925, .244 in 1926, and .284 in 1927.[3]

He was sold by Terre Haute to a New Orleans team, but he quit because of the hot Louisiana weather.[2] He next joined the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League for the 1928 and 1929 seasons. He appeared in 105 games for Portland in 1928, all at shortstop, and compiled a .268 batting average.[3]

In June 1929, with Yuestling batting .252, Portland sold Yuestling to the Detroit Tigers.[4][2] He appeared in 54 games for the 1929 Tigers, 43 of them as the team's starting shortstop, and compiled a .200 batting average.[1]

Yuestling began the 1930 season with the Tigers. He appeared in only four games for the 1930 Tigers and failed to hit in nine at bats.[1] On May 30, 1930, Yuestling was part of a multiplayer deal that sent Carroll, Ownie Carroll and Harry Rice to the New York Yankees in exchange for Waite Hoyt and Mark Koenig.[5] Wuestling appeared in 25 games for the Yankees, 14 as the team's starting shortstop, and compiled a .190 batting average. He appeared in his last major league game on September 28, 1930.[1]

In two major league seasons, Wuestling appeared in 83 major league games, 77 at shortstop. He was a career .189 hitter.[1]

Although his major league career ended in 1930, Wuestling continued to play in the minor leagues. He was purchased from the Yankees by the Portland club on November 29, 1930,[6] and appeared in 167 games for the Beavers in 1931.[3] He concluded his playing career with the Memphis Chickasaws of the Southern Association in 1932,[3] the Burkes of the University City MUNY League in 1933,[7] and the Omaha Packers of the Western League in 1934.[3]

Later years[edit]

Wuestling died of a heart attack in 1970 in St. Louis at age 66.[8] He was survived by his wife Elizabeth (Rayno) Wuestling and their son, George Belmont Wuestling.[9] He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bel-Nor, Missouri.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Yats Wuestling". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Wuestling, St. Louis Boy, Is on Way East to Join Tigers; Batted .300 for Coast Club; Local Boy Was Out of Game for Five Weeks at Start of Season Because of Injuries". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. June 5, 1929. p. 21 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Yats Wuestling Minor League Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Portland Club Has Started Unloading: Mysterious Sale of Wuestling Has Fans Guessing". Oakland Tribune. June 6, 1929. p. 25 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Hoyt, Koenig, Rice, Carroll, Wuestling Involved in Deal Made By Yankees and Tigers". The Indianapolis Star. May 31, 1930. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Portland Purchases Infielder Wuestling". Oakland Tribune. November 30, 1930. p. 38 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "University City MUNY League Opens Second Half of Schedule". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 2, 1933. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Services Scheduled". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 29, 1970. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Death notice for George Wuestling". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 27, 1970. p. 18 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "George "Yats" Wuestling". Find a Grave. Retrieved April 12, 2016.