Stan Wentzel

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Stan Wentzel was in professional baseball for nineteen seasons from 1940 to 1958. He would toil in the minor leagues until 1945 before getting his one chance at the major leagues. In his eight seasons before his big chance, he went from class D to AAA ball in the Boston Braves organization. In five of the eight years on his way up, he would hit over the .310 mark and have double figure home run counts in four seasons.

In all probabilities his best season came in 1945, the year he had his one look at the big leagues. Stan hit .321 with 14 homers while appearing in 154 games for the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association and was chosen for the All-Star team. Stan would make his debut with the Braves on September 23, 1945, appearing in four games, picking up four hits in 19 at-bats for a .211 average. Wentzel played his last game in the big leagues on September 30, one week from the day he arrived.

Stan was back with Indianapolis in 1946, hitting at a .299 clip with 79 RBI in 154 games. He was traded by the Braves along with Billy Herman. Elmer Singleton and Whitey Wietelmann to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Hank Camelli and Bob Elliott. Wentzel spent 1947 with Indianapolis again, hitting .249, his lowest average in the minors to date and wound up spending the next five seasons (1948-1952) with the New Orleans Pelicans of the AA Southern Association, hitting over .300 in three of those years.

For the next six years of his career (1953-1958), Wentzel was a player-manager in the Pittsburgh Pirates chain (see chart below), hitting over .300 in three of those seasons. Stan turned 41 in his last managerial run and decided after 19 years in the game to call it a career. Over this period, he appeared in 2,245 games with 8,086 at-bats and 2,431 base-hits, that included 223 home runs and gave him a lifetime minor league .301 batting average.

After baseball, Wentzel became a routeman for ARA Services of Reading, PA for twenty years, retiring in 1978. He died from natural causes at his home in St. Lawrence, PA on November 28, 1991 at the age of 74.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1953 Burlington-Graham Pirates Carolina League 75-65 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1954 Burlington-Graham Pirates Carolina League 82-56 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost League Finals
1955 Waco Pirates Big State League 74-69 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost League Finals
1956 Clinton Pirates Midwest League 63-60 4th Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1957 Clinton Pirates Midwest League 56-68 5th Pittsburgh Pirates Lost League Finals
1958 Clinton Pirates Midwest League 9-26 -- Pittsburgh Pirates -- replaced by Wally Millies (35-54) June 9

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