Possum Whitted

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George Bostic Whitted

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8½", Weight 168 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

George "Possum" Whitted played 11 seasons in the big leagues, all in the National League. While mostly a left fielder, he played significant numbers of games at every position except pitcher and catcher.

Sporting Life called him "George", not "Possum".

Whitted appeared in the 1914 World Series and the 1915 World Series. He was part of the Miracle Braves team in 1914 and batted clean-up in the Series.

In 1922-23 he was player-manager for Toledo while in 1927-32 he managed Durham (and also played for the team during most of those years).

He coached Duke University from 1926 to 1928.

Whitted wrote an article appearing in the March 1918 issue of Baseball Magazine titled "Making Good in the Majors: How a Ball Player May Improve Himself by Hard Work and Perseverance". It is full of details about his career. He acknowledged not playing well for St. Louis, and was at first not happy about being traded to the Braves. Later, when the Braves traded him, he wasn't happy about that either. He had trouble hitting the curve ball when he first arrived at the majors. He didn't see a future as a major league infielder so he practiced playing outfield ("I chased miles and miles after fly-balls.").

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1922 Toledo Mud Hens American Association 47-77 7th none replaced Al Wickland (15-3) on May 26
1923 Toledo Mud Hens American Association 33-63 -- -- replaced by Bill Terry (21-51) on July 31
1927 Durham Bulls Piedmont League 6th replaced Barney Cleveland
1928 Durham Bulls Piedmont League 40-91 6th
1929 Durham Bulls Piedmont League 85-51 1st Lost League Finals
1930 Durham Bulls Piedmont League 71-68 2nd League Champs
1931 Durham Bulls Piedmont League 56-72 5th
1932 Durham Bulls Piedmont League 56-77 6th
1934 Asheville Tourists Piedmont League 21-31 5th Boston Red Sox replaced Bill Laval (34-47) on July 17
1936 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 25-35 -- Cincinnati Reds -- replaced by Milt Stock on June 27
1937 Zanesville Grays Middle Atlantic League 33-88 8th Boston Bees
1941 Petersburg Rebels Virginia League 1st none Lost in 1st round replaced Clarence Pickrel

Further Reading[edit]

  • Craig Hardee: "George 'Possum' Whitted", in Bill Nowlin, ed.: The Miracle Braves of 1914: Boston's Original Worst-to-First World Series Champions, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 184-186. ISBN 978-1-933599-69-4

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