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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsDel WilberDelbert Quentin WilberNickname: BabeBorn: Feb. 24, 1919 in Lincoln Park,Mich. Died: July 18, 2002 in St. Petersburg,Fla.Debut: 1946 | Pos: CHt: 6’3 | Wt: 200 | B:R | T: RYrsGABHHRRBISBBA8299720174191151.242>> Visit theDel Wilber biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.Former Major League player,coach and scout Delbert “Del” Wilber died on July 18, 2002 at the age of83. He also served as a manager — for one game. Wilbur spent 8 seasons inthe majors as a player for the St. Louis Cardinals (1946-49), the PhiladelphiaPhillies (1951-52) and the Boston Red Sox (1952-54). In his career, thecatcher hit .242 with 19 home runs, 115 RBIs and 1 stolen base in 720 at-bats.His best season came in 1951with Philadelphia when he hit .278 with 8 HRs and 34 RBIs. His career gamecame on August 27 of that year. On the night his daughter, Cynthia, wasbrough home from the hospital, Wilber hit 3 HRs in 3 at-bats in a 3-0 winover the Reds.He didn’t appear in the majorsuntil 1946, but he had signed with the Cardinals in 1941. From 1942-45,he served in the Army Air Force before returning to the Cardinals’ farmteam in Columbus, Ohio in 1946. At the end of the season, he appeared in4 games for the Cardinals.He played 80 games in St.Louis from 1946-1949 and then he signed with the Phillies in 1950.During his career, Wilberdeveloped a habit of decorating baseball for winning pitchers with suchthings as line scores and cartoons.When Marty Marion was managingthe Chicago White Sox, Wilber served as a coach. Later, he was a scoutfor the Baltimore Orioles.In 1970, he served as a coachfor the Washington Senators managed by former Red Sox teammate Ted Williams.For two years, he served as the manager of the Senators’ AAA team in Denverand, then, he moved on to manage Spokane of the Pacific Coast League in1973. He later was a scout for the Twins for 15 years.In 1973, he managed Texasfor one game and finished with a perfect 1-0 record as a major league manager. Source: Associated Press