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Charlie Wilcox

 

Date and Place of Birth: November 15, 1927 St. Francisville, LA
Date and Place of Death:    September 18, 1952 Korea
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Outfield
Rank: Private
Military Unit: 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: Korea

Charles B. Wilcox was born on November 15, 1927 in St. Francisville, Louisiana, a small town north of Baton Rouge. A speedy, right-handed hitting outfielder, Wilcox signed with the Hammond Berries of the Class D Evangeline League in 1948. He batted .276 with 61 RBIs, 33 doubles, six home runs and 39 stolen bases his rookie year as the Berries finished two-and-a-half games behind the Houma Indians.

In 1949, the 22-year-old was back with Hammond and batted .294 with 65 RBIs and 31 stolen bases in 139 games. Wilcox moved up to the Anderson Rebels of the Class B Tri-State League in 1950. As the club's centerfielder and leadoff hitter he batted .250 in 131 games, scoring 79 runs, hitting eight homers and stealing 15 bases. He was second among the league's outfielders in both poutouts (352) and assists (22) and led the outfielders with six double plays.

Wilcox began the 1951 season with Anderson, but after batting just .191 in 22 games he was assigned to the Evangeline League's Baton Rouge Red Sticks, where he hit .237 in 50 games.

That was the end of Charlie Wilcox's pro career. Military service beckoned shortly afterwards and he served in Korea with the 38th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division. Private Wilcox was killed in action on September 18, 1952. He is buried at Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

Sources
Florence Morning News April 18, 1950
Florence Morning News July 31, 1950
Florence Morning News August 25, 1950
www.findagrave.com
www.2id.org

Date Added February 24, 2013

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