Ed Levy

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Edward Clarence Levy born Edward Clarence Whitner

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ed Levy was a first baseman for 19 years (1937-1955), three in college (1937-1939), three in the Major Leagues (1940, 1942 and 1944) and 19 in the minors (1937-1955), but did not play in Organized Ball in 1945. He went into the U.S. Coast Guard in 1943 but injured his back in 1944 and was discharged (TSN).

Levy was born on October 28, 1916, in Birmingham, AL. He was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 16, 1940, with the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for Rollins College (1937-1939), the Phillies (1940) and the New York Yankees (1942 and 1944) and was a player/manager in the minors (1946 and 1951-1955).

In the minors, he played 2,176 games with 486 doubles, 95 triples, 238 homeruns, 1,368 runs batted in and a lifetime batting average of .298. He died in 2008, one day short of his 92nd birthday.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1946 Sanford Celeryfeds Florida State League 81-57 2nd none Lost League Finals
1950 Sanford Giants Florida State League 71-68 5th New York Giants
1951 Orlando Senators Florida State League 81-59 2nd Washington Senators Lost in 1st round
1952 Orlando Senators Florida State League 68-67 5th Washington Senators
1953 Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League 86-49 1st Cleveland Indians League Champs
1954 Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League 52-86 6th St. Louis Cardinals
1955 Vidalia Indians Georgia State League 56-54 4th Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round


Principal sources for Ed Levy include newspaper obituaries (OB), government records (VA,CM,CW), Sporting Life (SL), Baseball Digest, The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR), TSN's Daguerreotypes (none) (DAG), The Historical Register, The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase(PD), The Baseball Library (BL); various Encyclopediae including The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball by Turkin & Thompson (T&T), MacMillan Baseball Encyclopedia (Mac), Total Baseball (TB), The Bill James Historical Abstract (BJ) and The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (LJ); Retrosheet (RS), The Baseball Chronology (BC), Baseball Page (BP), The Baseball Almanac (BA), Baseball Cube (B3), SABR's Minor League Baseball Stars, Volume III (MLS) and obituaries at deadballera.com (DBE) as well as research by Reed Howard (RH), Pat Doyle (PD) and Frank Hamilton (FH).

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