- Pete Whisenant
Thomas Peter Whisenant (
December 14, 1929— March 22, 1996) was an American outfielderand coach in Major League Baseball. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Whisenant stood 6'2" (188 cm), weighed 200 pounds (91 kg), and threw and batted right-handed.
Whisenant spent eight seasons in the major leagues (1952; 1955-61), largely as a reserve outfielder and utility man. He played for the Boston Braves,
St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Redlegs/Reds, Cleveland Indiansand the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins. During that span, he appeared in 475 games, with 221 hits in 988 at bats, for a .224 career batting average, with 37 home runs. In his only year as a semi-regular, in 1956, he played in 103 games for the Cubs and reached career highs in homers (11), RBI (46) and batting average (.239).
He served as a Cincinnati coach under
Fred Hutchinsonfor the latter half of the 1961 season through 1962. After almost two decades away from baseball, Whisenant managed in the Oakland Athletics farm systemin 1982-83; his Modesto A'swon 94 games and the 1982 California Leaguechampionship.
Whisenant died in
Port Charlotte, Florida, at the age of 66.
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