Denney Wilie

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Dennis Ernest Wilie

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Denney Wilie was the first player from Baylor University to come to the majors. He was at Baylor in 1909-11 and made his major league debut in July of 1911 at age 20.

In 1911 Wilie hit only .235 but had an on-base percentage of .361, a useful thing in the dead-ball era. The next year he continued to draw some walks but his batting average and power went down a bit while the team batting average went up.

He came back with the 1915 Indians, hitting .252 while the team hit .240, and his .384 on-base percentage was much better than the team's .308.

Oddly, most of his games in 1911 were in left field, while most of his games in 1912 were in right field and most of his games in 1915 were in center field.

He played for the Oakland Oaks for several years in the 1920's.

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