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Larry Woodall

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Larry Woodall
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Catcher
Born: (1894-07-26)July 26, 1894
Staunton, Virginia
Died: May 16, 1963(1963-05-16) (aged 68)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 20, 1920 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 9, 1929 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Batting average .268
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 161
Teams
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Charles Lawrence Woodall (July 26, 1894 – May 16, 1963) was a professional baseball player. He played ten seasons in Major League Baseball, all in the American League with the Detroit Tigers (1920–29), primarily as a catcher.

Life

Born in Staunton, Virginia, he attended Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina.

Career

During most of Woodall's playing career, he played behind two starting catchers of the Tigers, Johnny Bassler and Oscar Stanage. For one season in 1927, however, he played a career-high 86 games at catcher during manager George Moriarty's first season. Woodall posted a .997 fielding percentage (committing one error), the best percentage among all starting catchers that season. He hit over .300 in three seasons and had a career batting average of .268 in 548 games. Woodall batted and threw right-handed.

After his major league career was over, Woodall played ten seasons in the Pacific Coast League. In 1930-31, he played for the Portland Beavers, including a stint as player-manager in 1930. He played for the Sacramento Senators in 1932-33, then played six seasons with the San Francisco Seals in 1934-39.

Woodall's post-playing career included stints as a manager in the Pacific Coast League, then more than two decades with the Boston Red Sox, as a coach (including service on Boston's 1946 pennant-winning team), director of public relations, and scout. In 1949, he scouted Willie Mays but reported that Mays "was not the Red Sox' type of player".[1] Woodall remained a Red Sox employee until his death at age 68 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

References

  1. ^ James, Bill (2001). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. The Free Press. p. 205.

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