Lefty West

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Lefty West
Born:(1915-09-03)September 3, 1915
Gibsonville, North Carolina
Died: July 23, 1979(1979-07-23) (aged 63)
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Batted: RightThrew: Left
MLB debut
April 30,  1944, for the  St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 15,  1945, for the  St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Earned run average 4.29
Record 3-4
Strikeouts 49

Weldon Edison "Lefty" West (September 3, 1915 in Gibsonville, North Carolina – July 23, 1979 in Hendersonville, North Carolina) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the St. Louis Browns in 1944 and 1945.

Gibsonville, North Carolina Town in North Carolina, United States

Gibsonville is a city in both Alamance County and Guilford County, North Carolina. Most of Gibsonville is situated in the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point Combined Statistical Area and the eastern portion is in the Burlington, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area, encompassing all of Alamance County. According to the 2010 Census, the population of Gibsonville was 6,410.

Hendersonville, North Carolina City in North Carolina, United States

Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina, United States. It is 22 miles (35 km) south of Asheville and is the county seat of Henderson County. Like the county, the city is named for 19th-century North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Leonard Henderson.

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.

West made his big league debut on April 30, 1944 at the age of 28. He spent 11 games with the Browns that season, posting a 0–0 record with a 6.29 ERA. In 2413 innings, he allowed 34 hits and 19 walks while striking out 11 batters.

In 1945, he appeared in 24 games, starting eight of them. He posted a record of 3–4 with an ERA of 3.63, allowing 71 hits in 7413 innings of work while walking 31 batters and striking out 38. He appeared in his final big league game on September 15, 1945.

Overall, West went 3–4 with a 4.29 ERA in 35 major league games. In 9823 innings, he allowed 105 hits, three home runs and 50 walks while striking out 49 batters. As a batter, he hit .088 in 34 at-bats. [1]

West also spent nine seasons in the minor leagues, going 59–94 in 193 games. In 1,412 innings, he allowed 1,376 hits and 607 strikeouts. With the Americus Pioneers in 1939, West went 19–11 with a 2.91 ERA. Though he allowed 139 runs in 294 innings of work that year, only 95 of them were earned. [2]

Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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