Former Detroit Tigers utility man John Wockenfuss dies

According to Tony Paul of the Detroit News, former Detroit Tigers utility man John Wockenfuss has died at the age of 73.

Wockenfuss, who the Washington Senators initially selected in the 42nd round of the 1967 MLB Draft, played 10 seasons with the Tigers.

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During his decade in Detroit, Wockenfuss, who played catcher, first base, and outfield, batted .261 with 80 home runs and 284 RBIs.

He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the Tigers' historic 1984 season.

Rest in Peace, John.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. A nice man but not a good hitter. His unorthodox batting stance was one of the strangest in history and obviously impeded his hitting. RIP JOHN and work on that stance in Heaven…

    • Hmm…check your facts. Wockenfuss was a fantastic hitter against LHP especially. He hit 31 homers in 1979-80 in only about 600 at-bats. He was not a very good catcher, but he was known for being a helluva hitter, which is why Sparky and the Tigers used him at first, DH, and the outfield as well as a backup catcher.

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