Walter Holke
First baseman
Born: (1892-12-25)December 25, 1892
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: October 12, 1954(1954-10-12) (aged 61)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Both
Threw: Left
MLB debut
October 6, 1914, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 1925, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average.287
Home runs24
Runs batted in486
Teams

Walter Henry Holke (December 25, 1892 – October 12, 1954) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for the New York Giants, Boston Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds. Holke holds the record for the most put-outs by an infielder in a game, with 46 during a 26-inning game between the Boston Braves and the Brooklyn Dodgers on May 1, 1920.[1]

Holke played for the Giants in the 1917 World Series against the Chicago White Sox. His double drove in the first run of Game 3 at the Polo Grounds, which the Giants won 2-0. He batted .286 (6-for-21) with 2 runs and 1 RBI.

In 1923, his first season playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, Holke had a career-high 175 hits and a batting average of .311. He finished his career two years later with a total of 1,278 hits.

In 1,212 games over 11 seasons, Holke posted a .287 batting average (1,278-for-4,456) with 464 runs, 24 home runs and 486 RBI. He finished his career with a .993 fielding percentage.

References

  1. ^ "Charlton's Baseball Chronology". www.baseballlibrary.com. Retrieved 4 April 2013.