Herman Wedemeyer's Baseball Career
Webmasters note: I am currently undertaking research into Herman
Wedemeyers professional baseball career. While his football exploits
are pretty well documented, most published accounts of Wedemeyers baseball
career contain conflicting information. Here are the facts as I have been
to discern them so far. If you have information to add to this page, please
For a personal account by a teammate of Wedemeyers college baseball
days with the St. Marys Gaels, please see Memories
of Long Ago.
Many thanks to John
E. Spaulding for his help and information.
Many accounts of the life of Herman Wedemeyer state that he played for
the San Francisco Seals, a Pacific Coast League team just one step below
the majors. However, it appears that this is not the case. According to
experts on the Pacific Coast League, Wedemeyer never appeared on the roster
of the Seals or any other PCL team. If he did play for the Seals, it was
in spring training and never in an actual league game. For a cool fantasy
graphic showing Wedey in Seals uniform, check out this
The March 15,1950 issue of The Sporting News sheds some light
on this issue. Thanks to Carl Aldana for contributing this article: Wedemeyer,
Grid Star, Trying Out at Seals' Camp (PDF format).
The book Nuggets on the Diamond, by Dick Dobbins (Woodford Press of
San Francisco, 1994), a comprehensive history of the PCL in the San Francisco
area, contains the statement, "Wedemeyer left St. Marys to sign with
the Los Angeles Dons [football team] of the AAFC. During the spring of 1948,
[Oakland Oaks owner Brick] Laws and [Oaks general manager] Cookie Devincenzi
met with Wedemeyer to discuss the possibility of his playing baseball as
well. Wedemeyer presumed the Dons were amenable to his signing with the Oaks,
but when the Oaks made a specific request to Dons general manager Harry
Thayer, he invoked a clause in Wedemeyers contract that forbade his
playing a second sport. The issue was dead and Wedemeyer pursued a moderately
successful football career."
Wedemeyer played football for the Los Angeles Dons in 1948 and the Baltimore
Colts in 1949. In 1950, he left football and played baseball for the Salt
Lake City Bees, a Class C Pioneer League team and farm team for the San Francisco
Seals. His statistics were as follows:
||Runs Batted In
One of Wedemeyers teammates on the Bees was fellow Hawaiian Wally Yonamine,
who went on to become a legendary figure in Japanese baseball. At least one
source (Hawaii magazine, December 1996) says that Wedemeyer played
baseball in Japan with Yonamine, but it appears that this is just a good
story, and that Wedemeyer's professional sports career ended after his stint
with the Bees. Thanks to Rory
Costello for researching this question!
Wedemeyer himself later said (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, October 24,
1978) that he had a falling-out with the Bees manager and returned home to
Hawaii after quitting the team.