Wilbur Good

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Wilbur David Good

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]


Wilbur "Lefty" Good played eleven years in the majors, first as a pitcher in 1905 and then as an outfielder from 1908-1916 and in 1918.

Good was eyed by several major league teams in 1904 when he pitched for Johnstown, according to a September 1904 article in Sporting Life.

Good went 0-2 in his debut as a pitcher with the 1905 New York Highlanders but hit .375. In 1906-1907 he was back in the minors, still as a pitcher, and went 12-6 for Akron in part of 1907.

In 1908, though, he was an outfielder with Akron and when he hit .370 with 14 triples in 96 games, he was an outfielder to stay. In the majors for 46 games that year with the Cleveland Naps 1908, he hit 40 points higher than the team batting average. He slumped in 1909, hitting .214, and spent much of 1910 with Baltimore in the minors, hitting .300. In the 23 games he spent in the majors with the Boston Doves 1910, he hit .337.

In 1914 in the majors he had 580 at-bats and the following year 498 at-bats. He was often used around the top of the order since he had some speed, stealing 31 bases in 1914. In a game in 1915 he stole second, third and home in the same inning.

As his major league career faded, he began a long period in Kansas City, playing there in 1917, part of 1918, and from 1919-1924. He played in the minors in the South from part of 1924 through 1929, and then finished up his minor league career with two years at Johnstown. He pitched one game for Johnstown, after not having pitched professionally since 1907.

His managerial career started in 1922, and, with some breaks, ran through 1949.

Lefty's son, Wilbur Good Jr. but typically going by Bill, played on several teams managed by Lefty. The younger Wilbur had a minor league career from 1936 through 1949, with a break for World War II, playing for Lefty on teams at Johnstown and Leesburg and then managing Leesburg and Fitzgerald.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1922 Kansas City Blues American Association 64-49 3rd none none replaced Otto Knabe (28-27) on June 14
1923 Kansas City Blues American Association 112-54 1st none none League Champs
1924 Kansas City Blues American Association 34-46 -- none -- replaced by Doc Lavan (34-50) on July 11
1927 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 76-73 5th none none
1928 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 80-68 2nd none none
1929 Atlanta Crackers Southern Association 78-75 5th none none
1930 Johnstown Johnnies Middle Atlantic League 64-53 1st none League Champs
1931 Johnstown Johnnies Middle Atlantic League 73-54 5th none
1936 Johnstown Johnnies Middle Atlantic League 39-48 -- none replaced by Dutch Dorman (20-21) on July 30
1940 Ocala Yearlings Florida State League 21-26 -- none replaced by Gibbs Miller (36-56) on May 31
Leesburg Anglers Florida State League 21-25 6th none replaced Emil Yde (41-52) on July 20
1941 Leesburg Anglers Florida State League 63-66 4th none League Champs
1942 Tallahassee Capitals Georgia-Florida League 62-64 5th none

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