Dutch Zwilling

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Edward Harrison Zwilling

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 6½", Weight 160 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

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.

Zwilling is one of only two men (Rollie Zeider is the other) to play for all three Chicago major league teams: the Cubs, the White Sox, and the Whales.

Famous Last[edit]

Starting with his major league debut in 1910, Dutch Zwilling appeared last in the alphabetical list of all major league players, until displaced by Tony Zych in 2015. He still appears last in the alphabetical list of coaches.

Zwilling, as of 2015, is the only player in Major League history with a last name that starts with "Zwi". Minor leaguer Andrew Zwirchitz, who last played in 2006, was the most recent person who had a shot at threatening his title.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1926 Lincoln Links Western League 64-101 7th none
1927 Kansas City Blues American Association 99-69 2nd none
1928 Kansas City Blues American Association 88-80 4th none
1929 Kansas City Blues American Association 111-56 1st none League Champs
1930 Kansas City Blues American Association 75-79 5th none
1931 Kansas City Blues American Association 90-77 2nd none
1932 Kansas City Blues American Association 81-86 6th none none
1933 St. Joseph Saints Western League 77-47 2nd none League Champs
1934 Sioux City Cowboys Western League 74-50 1st none Lost in 1st round
1935 Kansas City Blues American Association 84-70 3rd (t) none none
1936 Kansas City Blues American Association 84-69 3rd New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1937 Kansas City Blues American Association 72-82 5th New York Yankees
1938 Oakland Oaks Pacific Coast League 65-113 8th none
1939 Birmingham Barons Southern Association 64-89 7th Cincinnati Reds
1942 Appleton Papermakers Wisconsin State League 33-33 4th Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round Replaced Hal Irelan (3-1) on June 26
1951 Quincy Gems Three-I League 65-65 3rd New York Yankees League Champs
Totals 16 Seasons 1,226-1,166 3 League Championships

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