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A slick fielding, top-of-the-line second baseman, Wayne Terwilliger 5' 11", 164 lbs, broke in with the Chicago Cubs in 1949, continued to improve and played his position skillfully. An intelligent fielder, 'Twig" played the batters, setting himself up to field ground balls. In 1950 he handled 718 chances for a high .967 fielding percentage. Terwilliger was a highly popular player and always found time for his many fans, signing autographs and talking general baseball stuff. His batting average was not too high but his career on-base-pct was a fine .323.
In 1950, Terwilliger hit .242, 22 doubles, 3 triples and hit a career high 10 home runs, giving the Cubs six hitters in double figures for HR's. His 13 stolen bases led the Cubs' team. Playing for the Washington Senators in 1953, Wayne Terwilliger hit .252, with 62 runs scored and used his speed to hit 24 doubles, his on-base-pct was .343. He was traded to the New York Giants in 1955 and from then-on used for his fielding genius - playing about 80 games a year. He played for the expansion Kansas City A's his last season. Terwilliger has been a minor coach and manager and excels at handling young ballplayers. Wayne Terwilliger career: .240, 93 doubles, 10 triples, 22 homers, 271 runs scored, 2091 at bats in 666 games. Terwilliger rates high on baseball fans' list for his pleasing, nice guy personality. Baseball Historian