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

George “Lucky” Whiteman
Left Field, Center Field, Right Field

5’7″, 160 lbs., Batted Right, Threw Right
Born: December 23, 1882, Peoria, Illinois
Died: February 10, 1947, Houston, Texas

George Whiteman was assigned to replace Duffy Lewis in left field. He split time at that position with Babe Ruth; he also spent a few innings in center and right as a late-inning substitute.

In the World Series against the Cubs, the 35-year-old Whiteman was superb. Involved in nearly every one of Boston’s rallies, he made a stupendous somersault catch that helped Carl Mays and the Red Sox hang onto their 2-1 lead in the championship-clinching sixth game. That game was his last in the major leagues.

Whiteman debuted with the Red Sox in late 1907, played 11 games for the 1913 Yankees and had an extensive minor league career that stretched from 1905 to 1929. In 3,282 minor league games, he collected 3,388 hits, stole 556 bases and batted .283.

Batting

g

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

sb

bb

so

ba

oba

slg

1918

Bos

71

214

24

57

14

0

1

28

9

20

9

.266

.335

.346

Career

86

258

32

70

17

1

1

31

11

27

11+

.271

.345

.357

+ = strikeouts for 1913 and 1918; total for 1907 unknown

Fielding

g

po

a

e

dp

pct

1918

Bos

OF

69

95

5

7

1

.935

Career

OF

82

126

6

9

2

.936