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Wilson Lloyd Fewster

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 160 lb.

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Fewster slides safely into 3rd base during baseball game between Cleveland and Washington, July 12, 1924

Chick Fewster played for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Brooklyn Robins. In his major league career, he hit 6 home runs and drove in 167 RBI and was the first person to have an official at bat in Yankee Stadium. He finished his minor league career in 1929 with the Jersey City Skeeters.

In a spring training game on March 25, 1920, Fewster was hit in the head by a pitch from the Brooklyn Robins' Big Jeff Pfeffer. he went down in a heap and was unconscious for ten minutes. The next day, he was unable to speak, and had in fact suffered a fractured skull and a concussion, not just a heavy bruise as first thought. He hung between life and death for three days. On march 31st, he underwent an operation to remove a piece of his skull in order to relieve a blood clot in his brain; the bone was replaced by a silver plate, and it seemed like his baseball career was over. However, he made a full recovery, and by July 5th, was back playing for the Yankees. He played only 21 games that season.

He died of coronary occlusion at age 49.

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