Completing the MLB Jobs Circuit

Bucky Walters was one of the 1920s to 1950s pitchers who had a long career, won about 200 games with an unremarkable win-loss percentage, and is little remembered today. In Walters’ case, this is despite him winning the National League MVP award in 1939. The purpose of this post is to highlight that Walters, in the course of his life in major league baseball, did a circuit of the available jobs on the field. The circuit is: coach, umpire, manager, infielder, outfielder, pitcher.

Walters began as a position player, mostly third base but also a smattering of games at second base and the outfield, became a pitcher, umpired two games in 1942 and 1947, presumably as an emergency fill-in when a regular umpire fell sick or missed a train, then managed the Reds for a year and a half, in 1948 and 1949, and then was a coach for three different National League teams in the 1950s. Here are links to his Retrosheet page and SABR biography:

Bucky Walters

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