Dave Altizer

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David Tilden Altizer

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10½", Weight 160 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dave Altizer was a versatile player during six seasons in the big leagues, appearing in 223 games at shortstop, 105 in the outfield (mostly in center and right), 101 at first base, 39 at second base and 16 at third base. As a hitter, his OPS+ was exactly 100, while as a base stealer he was twice in the top five in the league. He also led the 1909 American League in hit-by-pitch.

He made his major league debut at age 29. His minor league career stretched 16 seasons from 1902 to 1921, with the bulk of it spent in Minneapolis, where he hit over .300 five times and was on four pennant-winning teams. He managed at Aberdeen and Madison. While managing Aberdeen one night, he and the team's catcher had a disagreement and fought in an alley.

Altizer got the nickname "Filipino" because he enlisted in 1899 and served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines and China during the Boxer Rebellion and the Spanish-American War. An article in the New York Times of September 17, 1906, indicates that he had been in combat in both the Philippines and China, and that he served as an orderly to a General in the Philippines. He became interested in baseball at that time, playing on a team that won the U.S. military championship of the Philippines.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1920 Aberdeen Boosters South Dakota League -- -- replaced by Ed Karger
Madison Greys South Dakota League 6th none replaced Ralph Works
1921 Madison Greys Dakota League 45-50 5th none

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