Place of Birth:
November 27, 1912 Irene, Texas
April 18, 1970 Hillsboro, Texas
Baseball Experience: Major League
B “Tony” York was born on November 27, 1912 in
Irene, Texas. He played
of the Dixie League in 1933 and advanced to Dallas of the Texas League the following year.
York proved himself to be a slick-fielding shortstop with
Dallas and joined Tulsa in 1936.
After batting .291 for
in 1937 he joined St Paul of the
American Association, returning to the Texas League with Shreveport in 1940. With
of the American Association in 1943,
batted .287 and led the league in hits. He joined the Chicago Cubs
for 1944 and made his major league debut on April 18 at the age of
31. Appearing in 28 games he batted .235 and was optioned to
Los Angeles of the Pacific Coast League in
July. York batted .231 in 32 games with Los Angeles.
He was claimed on waivers by
the Boston Braves from the Cubs on September 23, 1944, but entered
military service in December of the same year.
York served with the Army at Fort Lewis,
Washington, where he was part of the
powerhouse Fort Lewis Warriors team led by Danny Litwhiler and
featuring Bill Fleming, Ray Mueller, Dom Dallessandro, Frank
Kelleher and Ron Northey.
returned from service in time for the 1946 season and spent the next
five seasons with Seattle
of the Pacific Coast League. He was with
San Diego in 1951 and continued to play in
the minors until 1956.
Tony York passed away on April
18, 1970 at Hillsboro, Texas.
He was 57.
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