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Charles Augustus Alperman
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 180 lb.
- Debut April 13, 1906
- Final Game October 2, 1909
- Born November 10, 1879 in Etna, PA USA
- Died December 25, 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA USA
Whitey Alpermann, who was the regular second baseman for the Brooklyn Superbas for three of his four years in the majors, is mildly famous for a couple of things. First, his intense dislike of getting a walk, and second, his tendency to get hit by a pitch. In his career of 1,632 at-bats, he was hit by 39 pitches while he walked only 30 times. He batted 442 times in 1909 with only 2 walks, the lowest single-season walk rate of the twentieth century in 300 or more plate appearances.
He led the National League in triples in 1907 (tying John Ganzel). He was in the top three in hit-by-pitch in 1906 and 1907. He ruined a no-hitter on Opening Day in 1909 by getting a hit off Red Ames of the New York Giants in the 10th inning.
His batting averages are quite misleading. In 1906, he hit .252 on a team that hit .236. In 1907, he hit .233 on a team that hit .232. In 1909, his last season in the majors, he hit .248 on a team that hit .229. Of course, since his lifetime on-base percentage was .268, he was usually under the team average for OBP. After his major league career, he continued to play in the minors. He was at Rochester in 1912.
His last name is usually spelled "Alperman" in encyclopedias, although he used the spelling "Alpermann" on various documents signed by his own hand.