Wally Mayer of the 1918 Red Sox — 1918: Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox by Allan Wood


Walter A. Mayer
Catcher

5’11”, 168 lbs., Batted Right, Threw Right
Born: July 8, 1890, Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: November 11, 1951, Minnetonka, Minnesota

Wally Mayer broke into the big leagues with the White Sox in September 1911 but never got much playing time in Chicago. Mayer, a former lithographer, came to Boston in 1917 and played in four games.

He was the team’s third-string catcher in 1918. In less than four weeks during the summer, Mayer got two 12th-inning, game-winning hits against Cleveland. Boston sold Mayer to the St. Louis Browns and he  finished his career in 1919.

Batting

g

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

sb

bb

so

ba

oba

slg

1918

Bos

26

49

7

11

4

0

0

5

0

7

7

.224

.321

.306

Career

132

274

22

53

14

3

0

66

1

42

51+

.193

.303

.266

+ = strikeouts for 1914-15 and 1917-19 only; totals for 1911-12 unknown

Fielding

 

g

po

a

e

dp

pct

1918

Bos

23

63

18

3

0

.964

Career

112

412

124

17

5

.969