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Ivey Wingo

Ivey Wingo
Born: (1890-07-08)July 8, 1890
Gainesville, Georgia
Died: March 1, 1941(1941-03-01) (aged 50)
Norcross, Georgia
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 1911 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1929 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
Batting average .260
Home runs 25
Runs batted in 455

Ivey Brown Wingo (July 8, 1890 – March 1, 1941) was an American professional baseball player. He played all or part of seventeen seasons in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, primarily as a catcher.

Early life

It is not known exactly where Ivey Wingo was born, with some accounts say Gainesville, Georgia[1][2] and others Norcross, Georgia.[3] Regardless, he spent the entirety of his life as a resident of the state of Georgia.[3]

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Baseball card

Playing days

Wingo spent the first four years of his career (1911–14) with the Cardinals and last thirteen years with the Reds. He also managed the Reds for two games during the 1916 season. He led the National League in at bats per strikeout (30.7) in 1917.[4]

Wingo is best known for being the backstop for the 1919 World Series Championship Reds team. That team is known for winning the a series fixed by, amongst others, Arnold Rothstein and Abe "Little Champ" Attell. He played with the Reds until 1926, then continued with the team as a coach before getting in one final major league appearance on the last day of the 1929 season, replacing regular catcher Johnny Gooch in the late innings of a game against the Cardinals.


At the time of his retirement, he held the National League record for games caught in a career at 1,233.[3] He still holds the post-1900 major league records for most career errors by a catcher (234).[3]


Wingo was selected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.[5]

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