Del Wertz
Date of birth: (1888-10-11)October 11, 1888
Place of birth: Canton, Ohio
Date of death: May 26, 1958(1958-05-26) (aged 69)
Place of death: Sarasota, Florida
Career information
Position(s): Halfback
Career highlights and awards
Del Wertz
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 23, 1914, for the Buffalo Buffeds
Last MLB appearance
May 26, 1914, for the Buffalo Buffeds
MLB statistics
Batting average--
Home runs0
*Buffalo Buffeds (1914)

Dwight Lyman Moody "Del" Wertz (October 11, 1888 – May 26, 1958 in) was a right-handed baseball shortstop for the Buffalo Buffeds of the Federal League in 1914 and a professional football player in the Ohio League.

Early life

Dwight "Del" Wertz was born in Canton, Ohio on October 11, 1888. He was the son of Anna Elizabeth (née Smith) and Henry Wertz. He had three brothers, DeWitt Milton, Arthur Dubbs, and Thorold Jay, and sister Florence Catheryn. He attended Western Reserve University, now known as Case Western Reserve University.[1] Del married Gwendolyn Thompson on January 27, 1917 in St. Joseph County, Indiana.[2] They had three daughters: Elizabeth Jane, Roxana Ruth, and Nila Catherine.

Baseball career

Del spent three games with the Buffalo Buffeds, getting no at-bats. However, he did score a run, indicating that he was a pinch runner in at least one of the games in which he appeared. He played in one game in the field, making one putout at shortstop.[3] He appeared in his final game on May 26, 1914, exactly 44 years before his death in 1958.

Football career

Wertz was better known for his professional football career in the Ohio League, the direct predecessor to the modern National Football League. During his three seasons in the Ohio League, Wertz played for the Shelby Blues, Elyria Athletics, Akron Indians and Youngstown Pros. He earned league titles in 1914 with Elyria and with Akron in 1913 and 1914.

Later life

Following his death in 1958, he was interred at City Cemetery located in South Bend, Indiana.[4]


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