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Whitey Witt

Lawton Walter Witt
born Ladislaw Waldemar Wittkowski

Positions: Outfielder, Shortstop and Second Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 150 lb.

Born: September 28, 1895 in Orange, MA
School: Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1915. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 12, 1916 (Age 20.197, 4,458th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1916 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Yankees/Robins 1916-1926

Last Game: August 19, 1926 (Age 30.325)
Died: July 14, 1988 in Salem County, NJ
Buried: St. Joseph Church Cemetery, Woodstown, NJ
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1916 PHA AL 20 SS 142 142 139 800 299 423 78 59 .903 5.08 .938 5.18
1917 PHA AL 21 SS 111 109 104 582 190 354 38 41 .935 4.90 .931 5.08
1917 PHA AL 21 LF 7 7 6 18 15 2 1 0 .944 2.43 .964 2.23
1917 PHA AL 21 OF 7 7 6 18 15 2 1 0 .944 2.43 .967 2.21
1917 PHA AL 21 3B 6 6 5 19 4 14 1 0 .947 3.00 .941 3.37
1919 PHA AL 23 OF 59 60 58 141 134 3 4 0 .972 2.32 .958 2.26
1919 PHA AL 23 2B 56 54 53 309 132 162 15 26 .951 5.25 .961 5.35
1919 PHA AL 23 LF 41 41 39 97 91 3 3 0 .969 2.29 .961 2.21
1919 PHA AL 23 CF 20 19 19 47 46 0 1 0 .979 2.30 .961 2.64
1919 PHA AL 23 3B 2 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .950 3.35
1920 PHA AL 24 OF 50 49 48 75 70 2 3 0 .960 1.44 .962 2.25
1920 PHA AL 24 RF 45 45 44 69 64 2 3 0 .957 1.47 .958 1.91
1920 PHA AL 24 2B 10 9 9 58 29 27 2 8 .966 5.60 .962 5.70
1920 PHA AL 24 CF 5 4 4 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 1.20 .967 2.56
1920 PHA AL 24 SS 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.50 .940 5.20
1921 PHA AL 25 OF 154 154 150 316 288 15 13 3 .959 1.97 .960 2.33
1921 PHA AL 25 RF 154 154 150 317 289 15 13 3 .959 1.97 .958 1.96
1922 NYY AL 26 OF 139 136 120 329 312 9 8 2 .976 2.31 .964 2.31
1922 NYY AL 26 CF 113 110 95 290 278 7 5 2 .983 2.52 .968 2.70
1922 NYY AL 26 RF 25 25 24 36 31 2 3 0 .917 1.32 .954 1.85
1922 NYY AL 26 LF 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.00 .970 2.40
1923 NYY AL 27 CF 144 143 135 379 357 14 8 4 .979 2.58 .968 2.69
1923 NYY AL 27 OF 144 143 135 379 357 14 8 4 .979 2.58 .965 2.38
1924 NYY AL 28 CF 144 143 135 380 362 9 9 1 .976 2.58 .975 2.80
1924 NYY AL 28 OF 144 143 135 382 362 11 9 1 .976 2.59 .970 2.39
1925 NYY AL 29 OF 10 7 7 20 19 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .965 2.43
1925 NYY AL 29 CF 9 6 6 19 18 1 0 0 1.000 2.11 .971 2.89
1925 NYY AL 29 RF 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.10
1926 BRO NL 30 OF 22 15 12 50 44 2 4 1 .920 2.09 .965 2.42
1926 BRO NL 30 CF 17 14 12 46 42 2 2 1 .957 2.59 .965 2.85
1926 BRO NL 30 LF 3 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.33 .960 2.20
1926 BRO NL 30 RF 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.50 .970 2.20
9 Seasons OF 729 714 671 1710 1601 59 50 11 .971 2.28 .964 2.34 52-452-227
7 Seasons CF 452 439 406 1167 1109 33 25 8 .979 2.53 .970 2.73
3 Seasons SS 255 251 243 1383 489 778 116 100 .916 4.97 .935 5.14
5 Seasons RF 227 226 219 425 386 19 20 3 .953 1.78 .958 1.94
2 Seasons 2B 66 63 62 367 161 189 17 34 .954 5.30 .961 5.40
4 Seasons LF 52 49 46 120 110 5 5 0 .958 2.21 .962 2.22
2 Seasons 3B 8 8 6 21 5 15 1 0 .952 2.50 .942 3.36
10 Seasons TOT 1058 1036 982 3481 2256 1041 184 145 .947 3.12 .952 3.21 52-452-227
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1916 PHA AL 20 143 142 143 142 0 0 0 0 0 142 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1917 PHA AL 21 128 122 128 124 0 0 0 0 7 112 7 0 0 7 0 5 0
1919 PHA AL 23 122 116 122 117 0 0 0 56 2 0 41 20 0 60 0 5 0
1920 PHA AL 24 65 58 65 62 0 0 0 10 0 2 0 5 45 50 0 3 0
1921 PHA AL 25 154 154 154 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 154 154 0 0 0
1922 NYY AL 26 140 136 140 139 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 113 25 139 0 1 0
1923 NYY AL 27 146 143 146 144 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 0 144 0 2 0
1924 NYY AL 28 147 143 147 144 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 0 144 0 4 0
1925 NYY AL 29 31 7 31 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 10 0 12 9
1926 BRO NL 30 63 15 63 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 17 2 22 0 33 8
10 Seasons 1139 1036 1139 1058 0 0 0 66 9 256 52 452 227 730 0 66 17
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1949 BBWAA ( 0.7%)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1916 AL  78 (1st)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  142 (3rd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  299 (1st)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  423 (4th)
1917 AL  354 (5th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  78 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  59 (1st)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1922 AL  113 (4th)
1923 AL  144 (3rd)
1924 AL  144 (3rd)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 AL  357 (5th)
1924 AL  362 (4th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 AL  14 (3rd)
1924 AL  9 (4th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1924 AL  9 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 AL  4 (2nd)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  154 (1st)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  289 (1st)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  15 (5th)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  13 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  3 (5th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1921 AL  154 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1916 AL  5.08 (4th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1917 AL  .935 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1923 AL  2.58 (5th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1922 AL  .983 (2nd)
1923 AL  .979 (1st)
1924 AL  .976 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  1.97 (3rd)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1921 AL  .959 (4th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1923 AL  .979 (1st)
1924 AL  .976 (5th)

                                         

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