Phillip (Lefty) Wienert

Pitcher
TEAM: Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs
Born: April 21, 1902 - April 17, 1973

A native of Philadelphia, and a child prodigy, Weinert debuted as a pitcher for his hometown Phillies on September 24, 1919, at the tender age of 17. He pitched a total of six seasons for the Phillies, but only saw consistent action during the 1922 and 1923 seasons. He later pitched, briefly, for both the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees, although he toiled virtually the remainder of his career in the minor leagues, mostly at AA Louisville. In 1923, Weinert plunked Giants’ centerfielder Casey Stengel with a pitch and then came “high and tight” on him in the next at-bat, prompting Stengel to throw his bat at the mound and give charge at Weinert. Stengel threw a flurry of punches and hurled anti-Semitic epithets during the ensuing melee. He emerged unscathed, but Stengel was escorted off the field by police and suspended for 10 days for “gross misconduct.”

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