Dave Altizer Essentials
Bats: L Throws: R
70 Weight: 160
Born: 11 6, 1876 in Pearl, IL USA
Died: 5 14 1964 in Pleasant Hill, IL USA
Last Game: 7/10/1911
Full Name: David Tilden Altizer
Born in Pearl, Illinois on November 6th, 1876, Dave Altizer would become one of the more colorful players of his era. Unable to make his league debut until age 29 due to military service, in 1906 Altizer began his 514 game career with the Washington club. In 1909 Altizer would come to the White Sox and play all of the outfield positions and first base over 116 games, he would tie the team lead in Home Runs that season with 1. He also led the league in getting plunked that season, with 16 trips to first via the bean ball.
In early 1910 Altizer would find himself playing in the American Association in Minnesota. At the conclusion of the season he was drafted by the Reds, but had no idea and went to Chicago to look for work. The manager of the reds, Clark Griffith, had a want ad taken out to hopefully catch the attention of Altizer to report to Cincinnati for the close of the MLB season. The ad worked and Altizer reported for the final part of the Reds season. He remains the only player to be found via want ad.
After the 1911 season Dave hung up his cleats and managed until age 44 in the Dakota leagues. Altizer would pass away in 1964 at age 87 in Pleasant Hill, IL.