Jack Warner

John Ralph “Jack” Warner (August 29, 1903 – March 13, 1986), was a Major League Baseball infielder who played eight seasons in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers (1925-1928), Brooklyn Robins (1929-1931), and Philadelphia Phillies (1932).

Early Life

Born in Evansville, Indiana, Warner was a right-handed hitting infielder who debuted in the major leagues at age 22 on September 24, 1925.

Baseball Career

Warner became the Tigers’ regular third baseman for the 1926 and 1927 seasons. His best year was 1927, when he played 138 games at third base and finished among the American League leaders in at bats (559), outs (431), and hit by pitch (6). In the 1927 season, he also scored 78 runs and had 149 hits, including 32 extra base hits, 45 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. Warner did not hit for high average (.250 career average), but he was adept at drawing walks and had on base percentages of .381, .342, and .330 in his first three major league seasons. In three seasons with the Robins, Warner became a utility infielder, playing in 47 games in three years. He finished his career with the Phillies in 1933, where he played in 107 games, mostly at second base, but saw his batting average drop to .224. Warner played his final major league game on September 30, 1933.
Over his eight-year major league career, Warner played in 478 games, including 334 games at third base. He had 949 assists, 582 putouts, 482 total bases, 387 hits, 199 runs, 120 RBIs, 73 extra base hits, and one home run.

Post Baseball

After his playing career, Warner was a scout for the Chicago Cubs and managed and coached in their farm system. He spent 12 seasons as a coach for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, a longtime Cub farm team. Warner died in Mt. Vernon, Illinois at age 82 in 1986.

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