From BR Bullpen
Edward Harrison Zwilling
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 6½", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut August 14, 1910
- Final Game July 12, 1916
- Born November 2, 1888 in St. Louis, MO USA
- Died March 27, 1978 in La Crescenta, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Despite finding no real success in the majors beforehand or afterwards, outfielder Dutch Zwilling was one of the biggest stars of the short-lived Federal League. After a cup of coffee with the Chicago White Sox in 1910, he joined the Chicago Whales of the Federal League in 1914. He hit .313 and led the circuit with 16 home runs as the club finished second that year. His numbers fell a bit in 1915 to .286 and 13 homers, but he still led the league with 94 RBIs as the Whales captured the league title. He holds the Federal League record for most career home runs, with 29. After the league folded, he joined the Chicago Cubs (who had just been purchased by Whales owner Charles Weeghman), but Zwilling failed to hit his weight in 35 games with them in 1916.
Zwilling spent many years as a scout and minor league manager after his playing career ended. He was skipper of the Kansas City Blues of the American Association for nine seasons (1927-1932 and 1935-1937), including 1929, when they won the Junior World Series. He also was a member of the 1941 Cleveland Indians coaching staff.
 Famous Last
Dutch Zwilling would appear last in an alphabetical list of major league players. He would appear last in an alphabetical list of coaches as well.
Zwilling, as of 2007, is the only player in Major League history with a last name that starts with "Zwi". Andrew Zwirchitz, who has played in independent ball for the majority of his professional career, is the only current minor leaguer that could threaten his position. At least three other retired minor leaguers had names that began with Zwi: Fred Zwiefel, David Zwirchitz and Josh Zwister.