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Wes Westrum

Wesley Noreen Westrum
Born: Nov. 28, 1922 in Clearbrook, Minn.
Died: May 28, 2002 in Clearbrook, Minn.
Debut: 1947 | Pos: C
H: 5'11" | W: 185 | B: R | T: R

11 919 2322 302 503 96 315 10 .217

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Wes Westrum was a two-time All-Star as a catcher and a former manager of the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.

He joined the New York Giants in September 1947 and high five grand slames in 1949 to set an International League record. 

In the majors, he was the Giants' catcher in the 1951 and 1954 World Series and made the All-Star game in 1952 and 1953. In his career, he hit .217 in 11 seasons. His  best season came in 1951 when he hit .236 with 23 home runs and 71 RBI for the Giants. In 1952, he hit .219 with 20 HRs and 70 RBI.

One of his best single games came on June 24, 1950 when he hit 3 home runs and a triple to help lead the Giants over the Reds, 12-2.

He remained with the Giants when the team moved from New York to San Francisco and served as a coach from 1958 to 1963. In 1964, he returned to New York to join the staff of the Mets. When manager Casey Stengel broke his hip in 1965, Westrum replaced him for the remainder of the season. He managed the Mets for the next two years and finished with a combined record of 142-237. In September 1967, he stepped down from the Mets and was replaced the next season by Gil Hodges.

In 1974, he became the manager of the Giants and finished 118-129 in two seasons. His career managerial record is 260-366. Following his term with the Giants, he became a scout for the Atlanta Braves until he retired in 1992.

He died  in 2002 at the age of 79.

Source: Associated Press