Wesley Noreen Westrum
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Clearbrook-Gonvick High School
- Debut September 17, 1947
- Final Game September 29, 1957
- Born November 28, 1922 in Clearbrook, MN USA
- Died May 28, 2002 in Clearbrook, MN USA
Known as a fine defensive catcher and a good handler of pitchers, Wes Westrum played more than a decade in the majors with the New York Giants. He later went on the manage the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.
Signed by the Giants in 1941, Westrum missed three seasons (1943-1945) seasons while still in the minors due to military service during World War II. He reached the majors late in the 1947 season after hitting 22 homers with the Minneapolis Millers that year and spent most of the next two years as a backup catcher with the team. He also was with the Jersey City Giants for part of the 1949 campaign and hit an International League record 5 grand slams in just 51 games with the club.
Westrum became the Giants' regular catcher in 1950 and had an excellent year at the plate, hitting 23 home runs and driving in 71 runs. He went on to catch every game for the Giants in the 1951 and 1954 World Series and was a National League All-Star in 1952 and 1953. Despite being only a .217 career hitter, he had a good eye at the plate and finished with a 35% career on-base-percentage.
After finishing his playing career in 1957, Westrum remained with the Giants as a coach when they moved to San Francisco the next year. After six seasons on their staff, he was a part of one of the more unusual swaps in baseball history: he was "traded" to the New York Mets for coach Cookie Lavagetto. He eventually replaced Casey Stengel as the Mets' manager in 1965 when Stengel, 76, broke his hip and was forced to retire. He remained at the helm of the team for just over two seasons, stepping down late in the 1967 campaign.
Westrum returned to the Giants coaching staff from 1968 to 1971 and replaced Charlie Fox as the team's skipper in 1974. Under his leadership, the club improved from fifth place to third in 1975, but he was replaced by Bill Rigney after the season.
Westrum died of cancer at age 79.
- 2-time NL All-Star (1952 & 1953)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1950 & 1951)
- Won a World Series with the New York Giants in 1954
|New York Mets Manager
|San Francisco Giants Manager
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1965||New York Mets||National League||19-48||10th||New York Mets||replaced Casey Stengel (31-64) on July 25|
|1966||New York Mets||National League||66-95||9th||New York Mets|
|1967||New York Mets||National League||57-94||--||New York Mets||replaced by Salty Parker on September 22|
|1974||San Francisco Giants||National League||38-48||5th||San Francisco Giants||replaced Charlie Fox (34-42) on June 28|
|1975||San Francisco Giants||National League||80-81||3rd||San Francisco Giants|