Date and Place of Birth: June 22, 1920 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: April 5, 2008 Durham, North Carolina
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
E “Walt” Masterson was born on June 22, 1920 in
The Senators were highly
impressed with the youngster but sent him to
Masterson pitched 24 games,
primarily as a reliever, in 1939. He finished with a 2-2 record and
5.55 ERA. The following year he was 3-13 as a starter/reliever and
continued to pitch for the Senators until military service beckoned
on September 15, 1942. His best pre-war season was 1942 when he was
5-9 with a 3.34 ERA.
Masterson was at Norfolk
Naval Training Station at the beginning of the 1943 baseball season
but was soon shipped to
By 1945, Chief Petty Officer
Masterson was back in the
|USS Scorpion (SS-278) submarine that Walt Masterson served aboard during the war. The Scorpion was lost on January 5, 1944. There were no survivors.|
Masterson won a career-high 12 games in 1947 and
pitched in the All-Star game. In 1948, he was the American League’s
starting pitcher in the all-star game. He pitched the best game of
his career on a June afternoon in 1947 in
"Masterson was something out of this world," The Washington Post said the next day. In the 16 innings he was on the mound, he gave up only six hits -- all of them singles -- struck out seven batters and walked six.
He continued to pitch in the
major leagues with
After baseball, Masterson was a national sales
manager for a golf shoe manufacturer and later a national sales
manager for a Kansas-based company that sold flour in bulk to
bakeries. In 1972, he returned to baseball as a pitching coach with
the Texas Rangers, and in 1980-81, he was the baseball coach at
Walt Masterson passed away at
Thanks to Harrington "Kit" Crissey's book, Athlete's Away,
for information on Walt Masterson's wartime service.
Thanks to Harrington "Kit" Crissey's book, Athlete's Away, for information on Walt Masterson's wartime service.
Created May 4, 2008.
Copyright © 2008 Gary Bedingfield (Baseball in Wartime). All Rights Reserved.