July 18, 1910|
Salisbury, North Carolina
September 2, 1996 (aged 86)|
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Wesley Amos Livengood (July 18, 1910 – September 2, 1996) was an American professional baseball player, scout and manager, including some time spent as a minor league player-manager. A right-handed pitcher born in Salisbury, North Carolina, he stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 172 pounds (78 kg).
Livengood attended Duke University and was signed by the Cincinnati Reds. He played in their farm system for several years before he broke into the big leagues in 1939. He pitched a total of 5⅔ innings for Cincinnati over five games as a during the Reds' pennant-winning 1939 season.
He returned to the minors making stops in Knoxville, Durham, Portsmouth, and Milwaukee. He served in the Navy for two years during World War II where, among other things, he played baseball at Pearl Harbor.
After the war Livengood played more minor league ball through the 1952 season and sometimes served as the a player-manager, as he did for Kinston in 1951.
His best year was in 1938 when he went 21-9 with an ERA of 3.06 for the Class D Bassett Furnituremakers. Another outstanding campaign was 1943 when he went 18-10 for Milwaukee.
After his playing days were over, he managed in the minors and scouted for the Philadelphia Phillies for thirty years, where he discovered and/or signed players such as Don Cardwell, Jimmie Coker, and Dickie Noles.
He also owned and operated Carolinas Men's Shop and, later, the Livengood Furniture Company. He died at age 86 and is buried at Salem Cemetery in Winston-Salem.
References[edit | edit source]
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Gaunt, Robert (1997). We Would Have Played Forever: The Story of the Coastal Plain Baseball League. Baseball America, Inc.. ISBN 0-945164-02-5.
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