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Walter Alvin Tate

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Oklahoma native Al Tate spent six seasons in professional baseball from 1939 to 1948. Tate spent part of one season in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates from September 27 to September 29, 1946. The right-hander appeared in two games, pitching nine innings with a 5.00 ERA and an 0-1 record. This was his only appearance in the big leagues.

Tate spent six seasons in the minor leagues and had two winning seasons. The first came in 1940 with the Salt Lake City Bees of the class C Pioneer League when he won 13 and lost 10 with a 3.97 ERA, pitching 229 innings in 37 games. The second winning year was in 1947 with the Albany Senators of the class A Eastern League when he went 12-10 with a 3.61 ERA while pitching 177 innings in 26 games.

Also in 1946, while with the Selma Cloverleafs of the class B Southeastern League, Tate had a 5-9 pitching record with a 3.30 ERA in 15 games and 101 innings. Al played 56 games in the outfield that year with 36 hits in 113 at-bats for a .336 average.

Tate's six season totals in the minor leagues showed he had 44 wins and 51 losses with a 3.73 ERA while pitching 837 innings in 134 games.

Al served in the United States Army during World War II. After baseball, he worked 33 years for the Chevron refinery and loved to fish and golf. He died after a lingering illness at his home on May 8, 1993 in Bountiful, UT. Walter Alvin Tate was 74 years of age.

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