Baseball player, Vitt, Detroit Tigers, standing at Comiskey Park
1916 Photo SUMMARY
Three-quarter length portrait of American League's Detroit Tigers infielder Oscar Vitt standing on the field at Comiskey Park, which was located at 324 West 35th Street and bounded by West 34th Street; South Shield's Avenue (formerly Portland Avenue); South Wentworth Avenue, in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois. A few spectators sitting in the stands are visible in the background. SDN-060580, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
A very aggressive ballplayer, Oscar Vitt played to win or else. A noted slick fielding third baseman for the Detroit Tigers, he was a weak hitter, posting just a .238 career batting average, spanning 10 seasons. After playing he managed in the minors and also managed the Cleveland Indians from 1938-1940. During the 1940 season, the Cleveland players revolted against the hard-driving Ossie Vitt style of managing. On June 13 1940 ten Cleveland players told owner Alva Bradley they couldn’t win the pennant with Oscar Vitt managing. Bradley refused to listen and urged the players to continue to play well. The Indians lost the pennant by one game to Detroit, and Ossie Vitt never managed in the majors again.