Johnny Welaj

Johnny Welaj
Born: (1914-05-27)May 27, 1914
Moss Creek, Pennsylvania
Died: September 13, 2003(2003-09-13) (aged 89)
Arlington, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 2, 1939, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1943, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .250
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 74

John Ludwig Welaj (May 27, 1914 – September 13, 2003) was an American professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1939 to 1943 for the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics.

Welaj also had an extensive minor league career, spanning 21 seasons from 1936 to 1956. In 1955, he served as manager of the Hagerstown Packets in the Senators' organization. He was a player-manager of the Erie Senators in 1956, then returned to full-time managing with the Midland/Lamesa Indians in 1957.

After 1957, Welaj continued to work as a major league executive for the Senators and Texas Rangers. From 1973 until 1984, he served as director of stadium operations for the Rangers, after which he retired as a full-time employee. He continued to serve as the Rangers' spring training director until 1999.[1] Welaj died in 2003 at the age of 89.



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