Primary Positions: Centerfield, leftfield
First, Middle Names: Thomas Peter
Date of Birth: Dec. 14, 1929 Date and Place of Death: March 22, 1996, Port Charlotte, FL
High School: Paw Creek High School, Paw Creek, NC
College: Did Not Attend
Bats: R Throws: R Height and Weight: 6-2, 190
Debut Year: 1952 Final Year: 1961 Years Played: 8
Teams and Years: Boston Braves, 1952; St. Louis Cardinals, 1955; Chicago Cubs, 1956; Cincinnati Redlegs, 1957-60; Cleveland Indians, 1960; Washington Senators, 1960; Minnesota Twins, 1961; Cincinnati Reds, 1961
G AB H R RBI HR BA. OBP. SLG. WAR
465 988 221 140 134 37 .224 .284 .399 1.6
An intense competitor, Pete Whisenant was thought to be just a few steps from stardom when he signed his first professional contract as one of North Carolina’s most-prized prep players. It was not to be, however. After an eight-year career on seven big-league clubs, Whisenant retired as a reserve outfielder with a .224 career batting average.
He had short careers as a major-league coach and minor-league manager after his playing days and longer ones as the director of a popular baseball camp and as a businessman who owned vending machines and sold baseball memorabilia. That last endeavor led to a partnership with Pete Rose, the game’s all-time hits leaders, that didn’t end that well.