Ivey Wingo

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Ivey Brown Wingo

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Ivey Wingo had a long career in the majors, playing 17 seasons. Most of his time was spent with the Cincinnati Reds and he hit .571 in the 1919 World Series with them.

Wingo was born in Gainesville, GA, northeast of Atlanta, GA (although other sources say he was born in Norcross, GA, where he at least partly grew up). At age 18 he played in the Carolina Association, and he made his major league debut before he turned 21.

Ivey spent 1911 to 1914 with the St. Louis Cardinals, reaching a peak with the bat in 1914 when he hit exactly .300. In spite of that, he was traded to the Reds in 1915 and spent the rest of his major league career with them.

Wingo was a fixture at catcher with the Reds from 1915 to 1925, and after that while a coach, he made a few brief appearances in the field. He appeared in four games of the 1919 World Series, batting eighth in the lineup each time.

He is listed as a manager in 1916 because he managed two games of a doubleheader between the tenures of Buck Herzog and Christy Mathewson, who managed the rest of the season. He also managed in 1927 with the Columbus Senators.

After his playing career ended, Wingo spent several seasons as a Reds coach.

His brother Al "Red" Wingo also played several years of major league ball.

The SABR biography of Wingo says that most accounts call him "Ivy" rather than "Ivey". When he retired from major league baseball, he held the record for most games caught. His minor league career ended in 1930 when he played and also coached some at Atlanta. As a catcher, he was considered to have a very strong arm.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1916 Cincinnati Reds National League 1-1 8th Cincinnati Reds Interim between Buck Herzog (34-49) and Christy Mathewson on July 20
1927 Columbus Senators American Association 60-108 8th none

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