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Wilfred Edgar Knothe

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Wilfred "Fritz" Knothe played in the majors in 1932-33, getting 615 at-bats. He was primarily a third baseman.

Knothe was born in 1903 in Passaic, NJ. Through 2010, nearly a dozen major leaguers have been born in Passaic, inluding Mike Jorgensen and Mark DeRosa. His brother George Knothe, however, was born in Bayonne, NJ.

Fritz was famous at an early age from his participation on the "Wonder Team", the long-time undefeated Passaic High School basketball team, on which his brother also played.

Fritz didn't come to the majors until he was nearly 29 years old. His years in the minors included two years at Des Moines, two at Portland and two at Seattle.

He and his brother George both made their major league debuts in April of 1932. George played for the 1932 Phillies, and while Fritz was with the 1932 Braves, in 1933 he was traded to the 1933 Phillies.

Fritz was the regular third baseman on the 1932 Braves, a team which went 77-77. He had a better range factor than the other players who appeared that year at third base, although his fielding percentage at .947 was not as good as that of Randy Moore, who played 31 games at the position.

The following year Fritz continued to hit for a low average, and was traded in mid-season for Pinky Whitney, who took over the third base duties for the Braves (although Whitney's batting average wasn't a whole lot higher). Fritz hit .150 during the remainder of the season with the 1933 Phillies and then spent 1934 in the minors with Kansas City. His brother George had been at Kansas City during parts of 1929-31.

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