Wes Westrum Would Have Been 93 Today

Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 8:30:00 AM

Wesley Noreen Westrum (November 28, 1922 – May 28, 2002) played 11 years for the New York Giants.

"How baseball is like a church -- many attend but few understand." - Wes Westrum
Today would have been Wes Westrum's 93rd birthday.
Wesley Noreen Westrum (November 28, 1922 – May 28, 2002) played 11 seasons (from 1947 to 1957) as a Major League catcher for the New York Giants. He was an integral part of the Giants' incredible 1951 pennant race and there during the famous Shout Heard 'Round the World -- a three-run homer hit by Bobby Thomson in the bottom of the ninth during the final playoff game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The very first issue of Sports Illustrated. August 16, 1954.

Wes Westrum, catching for the Giants, was featured on the cover of the very first issue of Sports Illustrated along with Edie Mathews -- at bat for the Milwaukee Braves, on August 16, 1954.
Known as a superb defensive catcher, Westrum held the National League record for the highest fielding percentage by a catcher (.999) until 1997 when it was broken by Charles Johnson.
Westrum became the second manager for the New York Mets in 1965. He also served as a coach and scout during his memorable career.

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