Philip Weintraub, nicknamed Mickey died on this day in
He was primarily a reserve outfielder, though he was
platooned at first base in the last few years of his career. He
batted .295 for his career, with a .398 on base percentage.
Through 2006, he had the 4th-best career batting average of
all Jewish major league baseball players, behind Hank
Greenberg, Buddy Myer, and Lou Boudreau. Blessed with an
excellent eye and bat control, he walked 232 times in his
career while striking out only 182 times.
Weintraub was a heavy hitter in the minors. In 1934, he was
helped to the first .400 season in Southern Association history
by Nashville Vols manager Chuck Dressen’s ability to tip him
off to pitches.
In 1939 with the Minneapolis Millers in the American
Association he hit .331 with 33 home runs and 126 RBIs. He
followed in 1940 by hitting .347 with 27 home runs and 109
His professional debut was on September 5, 1933, for the
New York Giants. In 1934 he batted .351, with a .461 on
base percentage, in 31 games.
In 1938 he was 3rd in the National League in on base
percentage (.422), 9th in batting average (.311), and 10th in
walks (64) for the Phillies
In December 1938 he was purchased by the Boston Red Sox
from the Phillies.
He did not play major league baseball from 1939-43.
In November 1943 he was drafted by the New York Giants
from the St. Louis Browns in the Rule 5 draft.
In 1944, Weintraub returned to the majors with the Giants as
a war-time player after a 6-year absence. He was 5th in the
NL in OBP (.412), slugging percentage (.524) and at bats per
home run (27.8), 6th in triples (9), 8th in batting average
(.316), and 9th in home runs (13).
On April 30, 1944, Weintraub had 11 RBIs, one short of the
major league record, as the Giants defeated the Brooklyn
Dodgers, 26-8. He had two doubles, a triple, and a home run.
Amazingly, he missed the cycle because he didn’t get a
Weintraub played his last game on August 5, 1945.
He had the last hit in Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl
In 1934 during spring training a Florida hotel refused entry to
Weintraub and fellow Jew Harry Danning. “Hibiscus” was a
code word for Hebrew in Florida — as in “we don’t have
hibiscus in our hotel.” Giants manager and All-Star first
baseman Bill Terry threatened to take the entire World
Champion team to another hotel unless his Jewish players
were given lodging. The hotel’s management backed down
On Yom Kippur of 1938, Phil Weintraub and his Phillies
teammate Morrie Arnovich opted to take the day off.
Called “baseball’s best-dressed pinch hitter” by journalist
One cold, windy afternoon in spring 1944, the Giants played
at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, and the Navy staged a
sideshow by dropping baseballs from a blimp 400 feet in the
air to Giant players. Weintraub managed to make a catch.
NY Giants 1944 signed baseball
Jack Brewer, Buddy Kerr, Bruce Sloan, Johnny Allen, Mel Ott, Phil Weintraub, Gus Mancuso
Let’s see how the guys did on June 20.
Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers over the Angels.
Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan had a big day going 4-for-5, with a homer (# 15 ), 2
RBIs, 2 runs scored and a stolen base (#6) against the
Tigers. He raised his average to .325.
Ryan earned a Chai 5,
but he could just as easily been the Macher of the day!!
Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s
Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s victory over the Padres.
Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers
Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers extra-inning loss to the
John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
John had a lousy day. In the one inning that he pitched, he
gave up 3 earned runs on a homer by Rockies C Chris
Ianetta, but somehow notched 3 strikeouts. He blew his
second save of the year and raised his ERA to 4.22.
Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe went 1-for-3 in the Rays victory over the Mets, hitting
his 8th double of the year and knocking in his 16th run. He
raised his average to .228 and earned a pastrami sandwich
from Katz’ Deli!!!
Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers
Ian went 2-for-4 and was practically the entire
offense for the Rangers in their extra-inning 2-1
loss to the Giants. Ian accounted for 2 of the
Rangers 3 hits with one of his hits being a solo
homer (#18). He also stole his 14th base and took
part in 2 double plays!! His average rose to fall
Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies
Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Pirates.
Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox
Aaron didn’t pitch in the White Sox victory over the Reds.
Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks
Scott didn’t pitch in the D-Backs loss to the Mariners.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox
Youk went 1-for-3 in the Bosox win against the
Braves, drove in a run and in a big surprise he
walked!!! He raised his average to .317.
Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Ian Kinsler