Art Whitney Essentials

Positions:
Bats: R Throws: R
Weight: 155
Born: 1 16, 1858 in Brockton, MA USA
Died: 8 15 1943 in Lowell, MA USA
Debut: 1880-05-01
Last Game: 1891-08-22
Full Name: Arthur Wilson Whitney

Art Whitney, third baseman for the 1884-87 Alleghenys. Whitney played three years in the NL with three different teams from 1880-82. He spent all of 1883 and part of 1884 in the minors before joining the Alleghenys near the end of the year. In 23 games he hit .298 and played strong defense at third base, earning a full time job for the next season. He was the team’s shortstop for the 1885 season and he led all AA shortstops in fielding percentage with a .918 mark, 39 points above league average. He was strong enough defensively that he still played everyday despite a .233 average with no power or speed. Moved back to third base for 1886, he only hit .239, but again led his position in fielding percentage, this time 57 points above the league average. In the NL in 1887, he hit .260, which was the second highest average of his 11-year career. Even in the NL he was well above average in the field, winning his third straight fielding title at his position. He held out the beginning of the 1888 season over his contract and the Alleghenys traded him to the Giants for third baseman Elmer Cleveland on June 16,1888. Whitney played 368 games for Pittsburgh and hit .248 with no homers in his 1,541 plate appearances. His brother Frank also played in the majors spending one season with the 1876 Boston Red Stockingsbio