Date and Place of Birth: February 9, 1925 York, Pennsylvania
Died: July 7, 1983 Detroit, Michigan
Military Unit: US Army Air Force
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
W "Vic" Wertz was born on February 9, 1925 in
In 1943, Wertz was impressive
during spring training at
Staff-Sergeant Wertz was
discharged in December 1945 and returned to the Buffalo Bisons in
1946 where he batted .301 in 119 games with 19 home runs. The
22-year-old joined the Tigers in 1947 and batted .288 his rookie
year. The four-time all-star played 17 seasons in the majors also
with the Browns, Orioles, Indians, Red Sox and Twins. In the 1954
World Series with
Starting with the 1955 season he had to wear a leg brace to offset a physical degeneration caused by polio and switched to first base in 1954. Wertz was 38 when he retired following the 1963 season.
Wertz died during surgery on July 7, 1983 as surgeons at
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