Monday, March 5, 2012

70 Years Ago Today: Frank "Dutch" (Buzz) Wetzel Dies

Franklin Burton (Dutch) "Buzz" Wetzel, an outfielder who was appeared with the 1927 Minneapolis Millers in seven games, passed away March 5, 1942 in Hollywood, California. Baseball Necrology reports he passed away at his home in Burbank, California. Records indicate he was used only as a pinch-hitter as a Miller. He was born July 7, 1893 at Columbus, Indiana. In 20 at-bats for the Millers that year, Wetzel had five singles for a batting average of .250. The following season Wetzel, at age 34, played for Omaha of the Western League, batting his eyeballs out with a .345 average (157 hits, 20 home runs).

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