Date and Place of Birth: October 30, 1914 Zealandia, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: August 5, 1992 Tualatin, Oregon
Military Unit: 36th Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
J “Lefty” Wilkie was born on October 30, 1914 in
In 1938, Wilkie joined the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League as a relief pitcher. He finished the year with a 1-8 record but a respectable 3.93 ERA. Wilkie was 3-1 with the Seals in 1939 and joined the Seattle Rainiers in 1940 where he returned to the starting rotation with an excellent 13-5 record and 2.69 ERA.
Following his success with the
In 1942, Wilkie was 6-7 in 35 appearances with
the Pirates. During the off-season he worked at a shipyard in
Private Wilkie was stationed at
When Wilkie returned from military service in
1946 he made seven unsuccessful appearances with the Pirates before
he was sent to the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League where
he compiled a 9-7 record. Wilkie – 32 – joined the Oakland Oaks in
1947 and moved on to
He returned to the Western International League
in 1950, pitching for the Victoria Athletics then the Salem Senators
in 1951. Wilkie retired the following year raising chickens at his
Aldon Wilkie passed away on August 5, 1992 at
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