|Born:September 3, 1915|
Gibsonville, North Carolina
|Died: July 23, 1979 63) (aged|
Hendersonville, North Carolina
|April 30, 1944, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 15, 1945, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Earned run average||4.29|
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 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 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 (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 241⁄3 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 741⁄3 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 982⁄3 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.
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.
Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Joseph Henry Nuxhall was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, primarily for the Cincinnati Reds. Immediately after retiring as a player, he became a radio broadcaster for the Reds from 1967 through 2004, and continued part-time up until his death in 2007. Nuxhall held the team's record for career games pitched (484) from 1965 to 1975, and still holds the team mark for left-handers.
José Dennis Martínez Ortiz, nicknamed "El Presidente", is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He was the first Nicaraguan to play in the majors.
James Leslie "Hippo" Vaughn was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. In a career that spanned thirteen seasons, he played for the New York Highlanders, the Washington Senators (1912), and the Chicago Cubs (1913–1921). Vaughn won over twenty games in five seasons for the Cubs. His highlight year was 1918, where he won a National League-leading 22 in 1918, when the season was ended a month early due to government restrictions brought about by World War I. That same year, Vaughn also led the National League in earned run average (ERA) and strikeouts to become the ninth triple crown winner in the modern era and the fifteenth overall. His nickname of "Hippo" came from his height and weight of 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds.
Charles Flint Rhem, born in Rhems, South Carolina, was a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies (1932–33) and Boston Braves (1934–35).
Derek Jansen Lilliquist is a former professional baseball pitcher and the current pitching coach for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Atlanta Braves selected him in the first round of the 1987 MLB draft from the University of Georgia (UGA). In his MLB career, Lilliquist played for the Braves (1989–90), San Diego Padres (1990–91), Cleveland Indians (1992–94), Boston Red Sox (1995) and the Cincinnati Reds (1996). He coached in the Cardinals organization since 2002, and began serving on the major league staff in 2011. On October 3, 2017, it was announced that Lilliquist would not be back with the team for the 2018 season.
Horace Guy "Dooley" Womack is an American former professional baseball pitcher. A right-hander, he played all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball from 1966 to 1970 for the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Seattle Pilots and Oakland Athletics, almost exclusively as a relief pitcher. He also played in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system for one season.
Johnny Cueto Ortiz is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Cincinnati Reds from 2008 through 2015 and the Kansas City Royals in 2015. He was traded from the Reds to the Royals during the 2015 season, where he won the 2015 World Series over the New York Mets.
Charles Kevin Rogers is a former left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the San Francisco Giants from 1992 to 1994.
Michael George Paul is a former left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1968 to 1974 for the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
This is a partial list of players in the Boston Red Sox minor league organization:
Craig N. Stammen is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Washington Nationals.
Travis Alan Wood is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, and San Diego Padres.
Richard John Welteroth was a right-handed Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1948 to 1950 for the Washington Senators.
Elwood Pierce "Woody" Wheaton was a left-handed Major League Baseball outfielder and pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1943 and 1944.
George Elkins Turbeville was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1935 to 1937.
Wilmer Font Gómez is a Venezuelan professional baseball relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics.
John Paul Poloni is a left-handed former Major League Baseball pitcher who appeared in two games for the Texas Rangers in 1977.
Michael Talbert Kopech is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He bats and throws right handed.
Toru Murata is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
Wesley William Roemer is an American former baseball pitcher known for co-winning the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year honor in 2006, along with Kellen Kulbacki, while attending California State University Fullerton. He was later drafted in the first round, 50th overall, by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.