Date and Place of Birth: February 12, 1922 Wheaton, Illinois
May 26, 1996 Wheaton, Illinois
Baseball Experience: Major League
Position: First Base
Military Unit: US Army/US Army Air Force
Area Served: United States
Major League Stats: Don Bollweg on Baseball-Almanac
R “Don” Bollweg was born on February 12, 1921 in
In 1942, Bollweg entered military service
with the Army and was stationed at
The Marauders were a powerhouse team and on July 14, 1945, Joseph “Roundy” Coughlin wrote the following tribute in the Wisconsin State Journal to Corporal Bollweg’s diamond skills: “Don Bollweg at first is the slickest thing ever to step on first base around here in years. Don is a great fielder, a fancy dan out there, can reach out and cut runners off by inches with his reach and smoothness. He belongs to the St Louis Cards … he can rap that ball, when he hits that apple it sings brother where to go from here. And he is a long ball hitter, in the Cards park they would call him two bagger Don.”
Bollweg returned to the Cardinals’ organization in 1946 and played for the Columbus Cardinals of the South Atlantic League where he batted a disappointing .222. In 1947, the 26-year-old returned to form and was a South Atlantic League all-star selection for Columbus, batting .293 with 18 home runs and 115 RBIs. He played for the Houston Buffaloes of the Texas League in 1948 and 1949, advancing to the Rochester Red Wings of the International League in 1950. After hitting .313 during the regular season with the Red Wings, Bollweg was called up by the Cardinals and made his major league debut on September 28, 1950.
Bollweg opened the 1951 season with the
Cardinals but after nine games he was traded to the New York
Yankees and spent the rest of the season with the Kansas City
Blues of the American Association where he batted .303 with 20
home runs. Still with
Bollweg was traded to the Philadelphia
Athletics for the 1954 season and played 103 games but his
average dropped to .224. He stayed with the Athletics when they
In 1993, Don Bollweg suffered a disabling
stroke that left him unable to speak. He and his wife of 27
years, Blanche, quickly went through their life savings because
of medical bills and the Baseball Assistance Team (BAT), an
organization that provides financial help to former players in
need, stepped up to help.
Don Bollweg passed away on May 26, 1996 at
Thanks to Don's brother, Bob Bollweg, for help with this biography.
Created September 9, 2008. Updated November 13, 2008.
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