William Robert Wight
Born: April 12, 1922 in Rio Vista, Calif.
Died: May 17, 2007 in Shasta, Calif.
Debut: 1946 | Pos: P
H: 6'1" | W: 180 | B: L | T: L
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Bill Wight, a pitcher who spent 12 seasons in the major leagues, died on May 17, 2007 in Shasta, Calif. According to reports, Wight died of a heart attack.
His career numbers include a 77-99 record, eight saves, 574 strikeouts and a 3.95 ERA in 1,563 innings pitched. His most productive season came in 1949 when he was 15-13 with a 3.31 ERA for Chicago AL.
His career included stops with the Yankees, White Sox, Red Sox, Tigers, Indians, Orioles, Reds and Cardinals.
In February 1948, the Yankees traded him, along with Fred Bradley and Aaron Robinson, to the White Sox for Ed Lopat. Lopat won 17 games for the Yankees that season.
He was traded a total of five times in his 12-year MLB career including deals that sent him from the White Sox to the Red Sox, from the Red Sox to the Tigers, from the Tigers to the Indians and from the Indians to the Orioles.
Following his career as a player, Wight worked as a scout for nearly 40 years. One of his signees, while working with the Astros, was Joe Morgan.