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Full Name: Eugene Richard Woodling Primary Position: OF,LF,RF
Height/Weight: 5' 9.5"/195 First Game: September 23, 1943
Birthdate: August 16, 1922 Final Game: September 16, 1962
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio MLB Experience: 17 years
Died: June 2, 2001
Deathplace: Barberton, Ohio
Bat/Throw: Left/Right


Biography

Eugene Richard Woodling (August 16 1922 - June 2 2001) was a Major League Baseball outfielder (mostly left field) for the Cleveland Indians (1943, 1946), Pittsburgh Pirates (1947), New York Yankees (1949–1954), Baltimore Orioles (1955, 1958–1960), Cleveland Indians (1955–1957), Washington Senators (1961–1962), and the New York Mets in their expansion year of 1962. He batted right-handed, threw left-handed, and was born in Akron, Ohio.

Before coming to the majors, Woodling was a four-time Minor League batting champion. He mostly played left field when he entered the majors after his time in the U.S. Navy, but spent much time in right field and also played 93 games in center.

Woodling played with many teams on his career, but gained more loyalty with the Yankees for 6 years, than at any point before or after. With them, Woodling had what was probably his best year, 1953. Although he only had 395 at bats, he led the league in on-base percentage at .429 on the year. While Woodling was with the Yankees, the team won 5 consecutive World Series (1949–1953). During that time, Yankee manager Casey Stengel praised the outfielder's ability to run and throw. Stengel generally platooned him with right-hander Hank Bauer, but got each an average of 400 at bats a season. Woodling hit a solo home run in each World Series from 1951 through 1953. In 1951, Woodling helped Allie Reynolds secure his first of two no hitters on the season, when he homered in a 1-0 win over Bob Feller and the Indians.

On November 17, 1954, an amazing record 17-player deal took place between the Orioles and Yankees, involving Woodling. Besides Woodling, the Yanks didn't give up much talent, with the best of the lot being Gus Triandos and Hal Smith. However, the O's gave away future 20-game winner Bob Turley and superstar Don Larsen, who would go on to pitch a perfect game in the 1956 World Series for New York.

Soon, Woodling moved to the Indians where he set career-highs in home runs (19 HR), RBIs (78 RBIs), and batting (.321 BA) in 1957. A few months before he turned 40, he was sent to the Mets where old manager Casey Stengel was working on his latest project, the newborn Mets. Woodling would be managed by Stengel for the remainder of the 1962 season. He was released before the season began in 1963.

In a 17-season career, he batted a solid .284 with 147 home runs and 830 runs batted in in 1796 games. Woodling ended with a .386 on-base percentage. He had 1585 career hits in 5587 at bats.

Woodling died in Barberton, Ohio. His biggest contribution to baseball may have come off the field. He worked to help bring a pension fund for major league players.

"He was just such a great guy," said former Yankees manager Ralph Houk in an article in the New York Daily News.


Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1943 CLE A 8 25 5 8 1 5 .320 .346 .600 2 1 1 5 0 1 0 0 0
1946 CLE A 61 133 8 25 0 9 .188 .280 .256 1 4 16 13 1 5 1 0 1
1947 PIT N 22 79 7 21 0 10 .266 .326 .342 2 2 7 5 0 1 0 0 1
1949 NY A 112 296 60 80 5 44 .270 .381 .412 13 7 52 21 1 7 2 0 6
1950 NY A 122 449 81 127 6 60 .283 .381 .412 20 10 70 31 1 3 5 0 10
1951 NY A 120 420 65 118 15 71 .281 .373 .462 15 8 62 37 0 3 0 0 8
1952 NY A 122 408 58 126 12 63 .309 .397 .473 19 6 59 31 1 3 1 0 5
1953 NY A 125 395 64 121 10 58 .306 .429 .468 26 4 82 29 3 2 2 0 14
1954 NY A 97 304 33 76 3 40 .250 .358 .352 12 5 53 35 0 0 3 0 3
1955 CLE A 79 259 33 72 5 35 .278 .368 .402 15 1 36 15 3 1 2 2 8
1955 BAL A 47 145 22 32 3 18 .221 .329 .352 6 2 24 18 1 0 1 4 2
1955 TOT A 126 404 55 104 8 53 .257 .354 .384 21 3 60 33 4 1 3 6 10
1956 CLE A 100 317 56 83 8 38 .262 .395 .391 17 0 69 29 3 7 2 2 6
1957 CLE A 133 430 74 138 19 78 .321 .408 .521 25 2 64 35 3 4 0 2 6
1958 BAL A 133 413 57 114 15 65 .276 .378 .429 16 1 66 49 2 3 4 3 14
1959 BAL A 140 440 63 132 14 77 .300 .402 .455 22 2 78 35 0 1 1 4 5
1960 BAL A 140 435 68 123 11 62 .283 .401 .414 18 3 84 40 4 3 3 7 5
1961 WAS A 110 342 39 107 10 57 .313 .403 .471 16 4 50 24 2 1 1 3 10
1962 WAS A 44 107 19 30 5 16 .280 .421 .458 4 0 24 5 2 1 1 4 1
1962 NY N 81 190 18 52 5 24 .274 .353 .405 8 1 24 22 1 0 0 3 5
1962 Total 125 297 37 82 10 40 .276 .379 .424 12 1 48 27 3 1 1 7 6
Total NL 103 269 25 73 5 34 .271 .345 .387 10 3 31 27 1 1 0 3 6
Total AL 1693 5318 805 1512 142 796 .284 .388 .433 247 60 890 452 27 45 29 31 104
Total 1796 5587 830 1585 147 830 .284 .386 .431 257 63 921 479 28 46 29 34 110

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1943 CLE A OF 6 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1946 CLE A OF 37 0 0 81 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1947 PIT N OF 21 0 0 59 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1949 NY A OF 98 0 0 163 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1950 NY A OF 118 0 0 263 16 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1951 NY A OF 116 0 0 265 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1952 NY A OF 118 0 0 241 12 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1953 NY A OF 119 0 0 240 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1954 NY A OF 89 0 0 164 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1955 CLE A OF 70 0 0 129 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1955 BAL A OF 44 0 0 76 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1955 TOT A LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1955 TOT A OF 114 0 0 205 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1955 TOT A RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1956 CLE A OF 85 0 0 154 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1957 CLE A OF 113 109 943.1 225 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1957 CLE A LF 113 109 943.1 222 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1958 BAL A RF 70 63 481.2 105 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1958 BAL A LF 60 49 411.2 84 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1958 BAL A OF 116 112 893.1 181 7 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1959 BAL A LF 72 51 480.2 106 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1959 BAL A RF 70 67 496 105 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1959 BAL A OF 124 118 976.2 210 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1960 BAL A LF 124 117 936.2 207 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1960 BAL A RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1960 BAL A OF 124 117 937.2 202 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1961 WAS A RF 76 75 613.2 126 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1961 WAS A LF 16 14 107 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1961 WAS A OF 90 89 720.2 154 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .988
1962 WAS A RF 27 26 208 41 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .953
1962 WAS A LF 3 3 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1962 WAS A OF 30 29 232 41 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .953
1962 NY N LF 27 26 203.1 44 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1962 NY N RF 21 15 132 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1962 NY N OF 48 41 335.1 68 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1962 Total LF 30 29 227.1 44 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1962 Total OF 78 70 567.1 109 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1962 Total RF 48 41 340 67 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .971
Total LF 415 369 3106.2 691 26 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 .988
Total OF 1566 615 5039 2924 93 35 13 0 0 0 0 0 .989
Total RF 265 246 1932.1 403 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .981

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Cleveland Indians (1940).
  • Traded by Cleveland Indians to Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Al Lopez (December 7, 1946).
  • Traded by Pittsburgh Pirates with Ken Gables and Manuel Perez to San Francisco (PCL) (September 30, 1947) as part of trade in which Pittsburgh Pirates traded $100000 and 4 players to be named later to San Francisco (PCL) in exchange for Bob Chesnes (September 20, 1947); San Francisco (PCL) received Dixie Howell (January 15, 1948).
  • Sold by San Francisco (PCL) to New York Yankees (September 30, 1948).
  • Traded by New York Yankees with Harry Byrd, Jim McDonald, Hal Smith, Gus Triandos, Willie Miranda and 4 players to be named later to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Bob Turley, Don Larsen, Billy Hunter and 4 players to be named later (November 17, 1954); Baltimore Orioles received Bill Miller, Kal Segrist, Don Leppert and Ted Del Guercio (December 1, 1954) and New York Yankees received Mike Blyzka, Darrell Johnson, Jim Fridley and Dick Kryhoski (December 1, 1954).
  • Traded by Baltimore Orioles with Billy Cox to Cleveland Indians in exchange for Dave Pope and Wally Westlake (June 15, 1955); Billy Cox refused to report to Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles sent $15000 (June 15, 1955) to complete trade. Traded by Cleveland Indians with Dick Williams and Bud Daley to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Larry Doby and Don Ferrarese (April 1, 1958).
  • Selected by Washington Senators from Baltimore Orioles in the expansion draft (December 14, 1960).
  • Sold by Washington Senators to New York Mets (June 15, 1962).
  • Released by New York Mets (March 8, 1963).

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