S “Ducky” Detweiler was born on February 15, 1919 in
Pennsylvania. He signed with the
Philadelphia Athletics in 1939 and played at Federalsburg of the
Eastern Shore League where he hit .292 in 98 games as a second
baseman-outfielder and led the team to the league pennant.
In 1940 he advanced to the
Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class B Interstate League, where he
moved to third base and batted .313. The following year, Detweiler
was traded to the Boston Bees organization and played for
of the Interstate League where he batted .308. The year after
DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, Detweiler went on a hitting
rampage of his own as he hit safely in 40 consecutive games for
of the Three-I League. The 23-year-old batted .340 for the season
with 106 RBIs and was called up to
in September. He made his major league debut on September 12, 1942
and appeared in 12 games batting .318.
“Ducky is an aggressive,
somewhat chesty, player with a sharp tongue,” wrote
The Sporting News on
August 13, 1942. “He tackles everything that comes in the general
direction of third base and his fielding has been one of the
features of Evansville’s
play this year. They never come too hot for him, and he has made
some sensational plays in shortstop territory.”
Detweiler was inducted in
the Army with a group of 75 draftees from the Quakertown,
Pennsylvania, draft board on January 5, 1943, and left
for induction at the New Cumberland
on January 12. Assigned to the 1301st Service Unit, he
regularly played for the
Center baseball team with
teammates Pat Mullin, Tommy Hughes, Fred Caligiuri and Harry Marnie.
In 1943, Private First-Class
Detweiler was assigned to Camp
replacement training center for the Chemical Warfare Service. Along
with Tommy Hughes, Pat Mullin and Steve Sundra, Detweiler helped
make the Camp Siebert Gashouse Gang one of the dominant forces in
southern states military baseball during 1944 and 1945.
stationed at Camp Siebert Detweiler married
the former Miss Jean Cahall of Federalsburg,
Maryland, in July 1944. Tommy Hughes was
Detweiler returned to the Braves in 1946, but made just one
pinch-hitting appearance before being assigned to
of the International League where he batted just .236. In 1947,
Detweiler was released at his own request and returned to
Federalsburg of the Eastern Shore League (where he began his pro
career in 1939) batting .352 with 29 home runs and 133 RBIs.
Detweiler continued to play in the minor leagues until 1952.