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Al Weis

Al Weis

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Al Weis

Position(s):
2B, 3B, SS, CF, OF
Born:
April 2, 1938
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
6'
Weight:
160 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-15-1962 with CHA
Allstar Selections:
1969 BR

Albert John Weis (born April 2, 1938 in Franklin Square, New York) is a former Major League Baseball infielder.

Early Life

Weis grew up in Bethpage, New York, and graduated from Farmingdale, New York, High School in 1955. He went to high school with Jack Lamabe, who pitched for several major league teams including the Red Sox, Mets, Pirates and Cardinals.

Professional Career

Chicago White Sox

Weis played for the Chicago White Sox from 1962 to 1967. Originally an amateur free agent, Weis played 99 games as a utility infielder in his rookie season of 1963, with 48 of those games at second base and 27 at shortstop. In 1964 he and Don Buford shared second base duties. Weis batted .247 and established career highs with 81 hits and 22 stolen bases.  The White Sox finished the year second in the American League, one game behind the New York Yankees for the pennant.

Weis went back to being a utility infielder for the next three years. He suffered a broken leg as the result of a collision at second base with Frank Robinson of the Orioles in 1967. After the 1967 season he and Tommie Agee were traded to the New York Mets for four players (among them Tommy Davis and Jack Fisher).

New York Mets

Weis played for the New York Mets from 1968 to 1971. He was a switch hitter until the end of the 1968 season, then he batted exclusively right-handed.

Weis was an improbable heroe in the improbable win of the 1969 Miracle Mets' World Series. He hit a ninth-inning single that won Game Two and a seventh-inning homer that tied Game Five, making the final Met victory possible.

Weis was released by the Mets July 1, 1971. He had batted .218 with 346 hits, only seven of which were home runs, and 115 RBIs in 800 games played.

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