Eric Gordon Tipton
(Dukie or Blue Devil)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 190 lb.
- School Duke University
- High School Petersburg (VA) High School
- Debut June 9, 1939
- Final Game September 29, 1945
- Born April 20, 1915 in Petersburg, VA USA
- Died August 29, 2001 in Newport News, VA USA
Eric Tipton played seven seasons in the majors, achieving stardom during World War II. His best year was 1943, when his Adjusted OPS+ was third in the National League. His 9 home runs in 1943 were best on the Cincinnati Reds, a team which finished second in the league. The following year, 1944, he hit .301, second highest among the regulars on the team.
He played college football as a halfback at Duke University. After his major league career, he was head baseball coach at the College of William & Mary (1953-1957) and at the United States Military Academy (1958-1977). He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
He is one of two major leaguers with the last name "Tipton".