Vic Wertz Stats

Vic Wertz was born on Monday, February 9, 1925, in York, Pennsylvania. Wertz was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1947, with the Detroit Tigers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Vic Wertz baseball stats page.

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"He (Vic Wertz) was a tremendous RBI man. He told me, 'You hit second and I hit third. You'd get them to second and I'd get them in.' He wasn't a great fielder and he didn't run well, but he was a whale of a competitor." - Hall of Fame Teammate George Kell in The Daily News (UPI, Vic Wertz Dies During Heart Surgery , 07/08/1983)

Vic Wertz

Vic Wertz Autograph on a 1978 TCMA Baseball Card (#0227)

Vic Wertz Autograph on a 1978 TCMA Baseball Card (#0227)

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Birth Name:
Victor Woodrow Wertz
Nickname:
Vic
Born On:
02-09-1925  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
York, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
07-07-1983 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Detroit, Michigan
Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan
High School:
Reading High School (Reading, PA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
186
First Game:
04-15-1947 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-19-1963
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Vic Wertz Pitching Stats

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Vic Wertz Hitting Stats

1947 22 Tigers 102 333 60 96 22 4 6 0 44 47 5 66 2 - 0 11 .288 .376 .432
1948 23 Tigers 119 391 49 97 19 9 7 0 67 48 6 70 6 - 3 5 .248 .335 .396
1949 24 Tigers 155 608 96 185 26 6 20 2 133 80 4 61 7 - 0 19 .304 .385 .465
1950 25 Tigers 149 559 99 172 37 4 27 0 123 91 8 55 3 - 4 13 .308 .408 .533
1951 26 Tigers 138 501 86 143 24 4 27 0 94 78 3 61 1 - 1 13 .285 .383 .511
1952 27 Tigers 85 285 46 70 15 3 17 0 51 46 4 44 0 - 1 6 .246 .352 .498
1952 27 Browns 37 130 22 45 5 0 6 0 19 23 2 20 1 - 0 2 .346 .444 .523
1953 28 Browns 128 440 61 118 18 6 19 1 70 72 4 44 2 - 4 13 .268 .376 .466
1954 29 Orioles 29 94 5 19 1 0 1 0 13 11 2 17 0 1 0 1 .202 .283 .245
1954 29 Indians 94 295 33 81 14 2 14 0 48 34 3 40 1 5 0 4 .275 .344 .478
1955 30 Indians 74 257 30 65 11 2 14 1 55 32 3 33 0 5 1 6 .253 .332 .475
1956 31 Indians 136 481 65 127 22 0 32 0 106 75 10 87 0 7 5 8 .264 .364 .509
1957 32 Indians 144 515 84 145 21 0 28 1 105 78 6 88 0 11 2 9 .282 .371 .485
1958 33 Indians 25 43 5 12 1 0 3 0 12 5 0 7 0 0 0 2 .279 .354 .512
1959 34 Red Sox 94 247 38 68 13 0 7 1 49 22 5 32 0 2 2 5 .275 .337 .413
1960 35 Red Sox 131 443 45 125 22 0 19 3 103 37 4 54 1 5 1 13 .282 .335 .460
1961 36 Red Sox 99 317 33 83 16 2 11 1 60 38 3 43 0 6 2 11 .262 .339 .429
1961 36 Tigers 8 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
1962 37 Tigers 74 105 7 34 2 0 5 0 18 5 0 13 0 1 1 1 .324 .357 .486
1963 38 Tigers 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1963 38 Twins 35 44 3 6 0 0 3 0 7 6 2 5 0 0 0 1 .136 .240 .341
17 Years 1,862 6,099 867 1,692 289 42 266 10 1,178 828 74 842 24 43 27 143 .277 .364 .469

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Vic Wertz Fielding Stats

1947 Tigers CF 2 2 48 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1947 Tigers LF 39 37 974 82 2.1 80 78 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.22
1947 Tigers RF 42 40 1,115 86 2.0 82 78 4 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .953 1.99
1948 Tigers CF 1 1 24 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1948 Tigers LF 64 62 1,645 152 2.4 144 136 8 8 3 n/a n/a n/a .947 2.36
1948 Tigers RF 36 34 919 64 1.8 62 60 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .969 1.82
1949 Tigers RF 155 155 4,152 322 2.1 316 302 14 6 5 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.05
1950 Tigers RF 145 145 3,879 300 2.1 290 285 5 10 3 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.02
1951 Tigers RF 131 129 3,423 267 2.0 264 256 8 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .989 2.08
1952 Tigers RF 79 77 1,965 143 1.8 141 133 8 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .986 1.94
1952 Browns RF 36 36 901 66 1.8 63 63 0 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .955 1.89
1953 Browns RF 119 117 3,150 265 2.2 258 243 15 7 4 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.21
1954 Indians LF 2 2 48 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1954 Orioles RF 27 27 681 53 2.0 51 46 5 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .962 2.02
1954 Indians RF 3 2 61 5 1.7 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.21
1954 Indians 1B 83 79 1,785 616 7.4 609 557 52 7 57 n/a n/a n/a .989 9.21
1955 Indians 1B 63 61 1,425 490 7.8 482 449 33 8 49 n/a n/a n/a .984 9.13
1955 Indians LF 1 1 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1955 Indians RF 8 6 177 16 2.0 16 15 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.44
1956 Indians 1B 133 133 264 1,057 7.9 1,048 971 77 9 99 n/a n/a n/a .991 107.18
1957 Indians 1B 139 138 267 1,122 8.1 1,108 1,025 83 14 122 n/a n/a n/a .988 112.04
1958 Indians 1B 8 7 162 50 6.3 49 44 5 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .980 8.17
1959 Red Sox 1B 64 56 1,368 482 7.5 478 440 38 4 44 n/a n/a n/a .992 9.43
1960 Red Sox 1B 117 110 2,697 931 8.0 919 841 78 12 89 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.20
1961 Red Sox 1B 86 82 1,968 738 8.6 731 664 67 7 65 n/a n/a n/a .991 10.03
1962 Tigers 1B 16 14 336 85 5.3 84 75 9 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .988 6.75
1963 Twins 1B 6 5 135 37 6.2 37 32 5 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.40
RF Totals 781 768 20,423 1,587 2.0 1,548 1,486 62 39 18 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.05
1B Totals 715 685 10,407 5,608 7.8 5,545 5,098 447 63 537 n/a n/a n/a .989 14.39
LF Totals 106 102 2,676 238 2.2 228 218 10 10 3 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.30
CF Totals 3 3 72 5 1.7 5 4 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.88
17 Years 1,605 1,558 33,578 7,438 4.6 7,326 6,806 520 112 558 n/a n/a n/a .985 5.89

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Vic Wertz Miscellaneous Stats

1947 Tigers 2 0 1.000 20 0 n/a 55.5 5.0 7.6 - - -
1948 Tigers 0 0 .000 22 0 n/a 55.9 5.6 5.8 - - -
1949 Tigers 2 3 .400 0 0 n/a 30.4 10.0 4.6 - - -
1950 Tigers 0 1 .000 4 0 n/a 20.7 10.2 4.5 - - -
1951 Tigers 0 3 .000 9 0 n/a 18.6 8.2 5.3 - - -
1952 Tigers 1 0 1.000 8 0 n/a 16.8 6.5 5.6 - - -
1952 Browns 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 21.7 6.5 6.8 - - -
1953 Browns 1 4 .200 9 1 n/a 23.2 10.0 6.3 - - -
1954 Orioles 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 94.0 5.5 7.2 - - -
1954 Indians 0 2 .000 7 0 n/a 21.1 7.4 6.1 - - -
1955 Indians 1 1 .500 6 0 n/a 18.4 7.8 4.7 - - -
1956 Indians 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 15.0 5.5 4.5 - - -
1957 Indians 2 3 .400 6 0 n/a 18.4 5.9 4.9 - - -
1958 Indians 0 0 .000 18 0 n/a 14.3 6.1 3.6 - - -
1959 Red Sox 0 0 .000 36 1 n/a 35.3 7.7 5.0 - - -
1960 Red Sox 0 2 .000 20 0 n/a 23.3 8.2 4.3 - - -
1961 Red Sox 0 0 .000 17 0 n/a 28.8 7.4 5.3 - - -
1961 Tigers 0 0 .000 8 0 n/a 0.0 6.0 6.0 - - -
1962 Tigers 0 0 .000 59 0 n/a 21.0 8.1 5.8 - - -
1963 Tigers 0 0 .000 6 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 0.0 - - -
1963 Twins 0 0 .000 29 0 n/a 14.7 8.8 6.3 - - -
17 Years 9 19 .321 290 2 n/a 22.9 7.2 5.2 - - -

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Vic Wertz Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1947 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined - -
1948 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined - -
1949 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined Stats -
1950 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined - -
1951 Detroit Tigers 5 Undetermined Stats -
1952 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined Stats -
1952 St. Louis Browns 20 Undetermined Stats -
1953 St. Louis Browns 20 Undetermined - -
1954 Baltimore Orioles 20 Undetermined - -
1954 Cleveland Indians 23 Undetermined - Stats
1955 Cleveland Indians 23 Undetermined - -
1956 Cleveland Indians 23 Undetermined - -
1957 Cleveland Indians 23 Undetermined Stats -
1958 Cleveland Indians 23 Undetermined - -
1959 Boston Red Sox 6 Undetermined - -
1960 Boston Red Sox 6 Undetermined - -
1961 Boston Red Sox 6 Undetermined - -
1961 Detroit Tigers 22 Undetermined - -
1962 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined - -
1963 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined - -
1963 Minnesota Twins 6 Undetermined - -
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Victor Woodrow Wertz was a Major League Baseball player with the Detroit Tigers (1947-1952, 1961-1963), St. Louis Browns ( 1952 - 1953 ), Baltimore Orioles ( 1954 ), Cleveland Indians (1954-1958), Boston Red Sox (1959-1961), and Minnesota Twins ( 1963 ). Vic, his nickname, is the answer to a very popular trivia question ... When Willie Mays made "The Catch," who was the hitter?

During the 1954 World Series , Vic Wertz hit a long fly ball—over 400 feet. One sportswriter quipped, "It would have been a home run in any other park, including Yellowstone." Willie Mays made "The Catch" of that fly ball over his shoulder in dead center of the Polo Grounds, an iconic moment in baseball history. How did Vic feel about being "the out" that day?

"I'm very proud that I'm associated with it. I look at it this way: If that ball Willie caught had been a home run or a triple, how many people would've remembered me? Not many. This way, everybody who meets me for the first time always identifies me with Willie's catch, and that makes me feel good."

Vic Wertz and Willie Mays in The Catch 1954 World Series

Vic Wertz & Willie Mays | The Catch | 1954 World Series | AP Photo

On September 14, 1947 , Vic Wertz hit for the cycle , with the Detroit Tigers . Wertz was the fifth Tiger to complete a cycle , joining Bobby Veach , Bob Fothergill , Gee Walker , and Charlie Gehringer , but the first in franchise history to hit for the cycle during his rookie season !

Vic Wertz Hits for the Cycle Newspaper Story

Vic Wertz Cycle | The Times Herald | September 15, 1947 | Page 10

On September 26, 1956 , Vic Wertz hit four doubles in a game , tying the Major League record for doubles in a game . Only one Indians player had four two-baggers in a game prior to Wertz, and he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970. Who was it? [ Answer ]

In 1960, Vic Wertz pinch hit in twenty games, collecting ten hits in eighteen at-bats, a Major League leading .556 batting average while pinch hitting! In 1962, Wertz "only" hit .321 pinch hitting, but collected a Major League leading seventeen hits thats season!

Vic Wertz, after hanging up his playing cleats, established a beverage distributorship in the Detroit (Michigan) area. The Vic Wertz Distributing Company was a Miller Beer distributor that eventually had the biggest share of the Detroit market! Vic, in the Muncie Evening Press (1979), said, "If someone could turn back the clock and make me 25 years old again, and offer me 2 to 3 million dollars to play baseball, I would say, 'No, thanks.' I mean if from the bottom of my heart. In all the years I was in baseball, I never knew what it means to be with a winner, a world championship team. I feel I'm finally with one now. I love the business I'm in."

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