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Mickey Witek

Mickey Witek

Mickey Witek

Position(s):
2B, SS, 3B
Born:
December 19, 1915
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 10"
Weight:
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-16-1940 with NY1

Originally signed by the Yankees, Witek debuted with the Giants after being named 1939 International League MVP. In 1943, he hit a league-high 172 singles while batting .314, and led NL second basemen in putouts, assists, and errors.

Biography:

December 27, 1939 The New York Giants obtain infielder Mickey Witek from the Newark Bears for $40‚000 and infielder Alex Kampouris and catcher Tommy Padden. New York has high hopes for Witek‚ the 1939 MVP in the International League.

 

Witek debuted, April 16, 1940 for the Giants, he went 0-3 in his debut a 3-1 giant loss. Three days later he got his first hit despite a 12-0 Giant loss. He wound up hitting .256 for his rookie campaign. 1940 was a pretty good year for debuts: Pee Wee Reese, Walker Cooper, Dom DiMaggio and Pete Reiser all appeared for the first time.

Apr 26, 1942 - Before a crowd of 48‚631 at the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants lose a pair to the Braves‚ 3-2 and 8-5. All 22 hits in the nitecap are singles: of the 13 hits in game 1‚ only Mickey Witek's double is for extra bases.

 

Sep 4, 1943 - At Brooklyn, the Dodgers edge the Giants, 4-3, in 17 innings, scoring when second baseman Mickey Witek throws wildly to 1B on a DP ball.Despite this Witek had his best overall season collecting 172 hits and leading the league in putouts, assists and errors. He finished 12th in the MVP voting. 

Witek went into the coast guard after the 1943 season and returned in 1946. 

Jun 23, 1946 - At the Polo Grounds‚ Eddie Waitkus and Marv Rickert of the Chicago Cubs set a ML record by hitting back-to-back‚ inside-the-park HRs-a major league first-in the 4th inning‚ but the team loses 15-10 to the New York Giants. Mickey Witek counters with a grand slam in New York's 9-run 4th. Chicago wins the second game‚ 9-4‚ as the two teams combine for 55 hits on the afternoon. Rickert and Witek each have 5 hits in the 2 games.

Witek retired after the 1949 season with a solid .277 career batting average.

He passed away on August 24, 1990 in Kingston, PA (Aged 74) and is burried at St. John Cemetery, Dallas, PA.

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