Position: Relief pitcher
Birthplace: Forest City
First, Middle Names: Virgil Woodrow
Date of Birth: Feb. 1, 1915 Date and Place of Death: Dec. 5, 1994, Louisville, Ky.
Burial: Resthaven Memorial Park, Louisville, K
High School: Undetermined
College: Did Not Attend
Bats: L Throws: L Height and Weight: 6-170
Debut Year: 1946 Final Year: 1947 Years Played: 2
Team and Years: N.Y. Giants, 1946-47
G W L Sv ERA IP SO WAR
16 1 1 1 3.64 42.0 6 0.3
Woody Abernathy spent five years as a professional baseball player, including 16 games in the major leagues. He spent much of the rest of his life repairing looms at a textile mill in South Carolina.
Virgil Woodrow Abernathy was born in 1915 in Forest City in Rutherford County where his father, Sam, worked in a cotton mill. Abernathy also worked in the mills as a teenager and started playing semipro baseball for local factory teams. He was signed by the Boston Bees of the National League in 1938 and began his professional career a year later for the team’s Class D affiliate in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Abernathy enlisted in the Army in 1943, but there’s no available record of how he spent the next three years. He returned to the minor leagues in 1946, playing for the New York Giants’ Triple A team in Minneapolis. He would appear in 14 games for the Giants that year, mostly in relief. Abernathy made two more appearances in 1947 before his major-league days were over. He ended up pitching 42 innings with a respectable 3.64 ERA.
He and his wife, Mary, lived the rest of their lives in Chesnee, South Carolina, where Abernathy was back in the mills repairing machines. He did that for 30 years before retiring.
Abernathy died in 1994 at age 79.