Alfred Henry Jutze
Jutze, who converted to Judaism, was a fine defensive catcher who played in the majors for six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, and Seattle Mariners.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. May 28, 1946
Born in New York, Jutze played catcher at Central Connecticut State College before being signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968. Four years later, he made his major league debut with the Cards -- Skip appeared in 21 games and batted .239 that year. Traded to the Houston Astros prior to the 1973 season, Jutze had his most active season that year, registering career highs in games (90), at-bats (278), hits (62), doubles (six), and RBI (18). He also caught 86 games, and maintained a stellar .984 fielding percentage.
Although he played the majority of the 1974 season in the minors -- he was an All-Star in the American Association -- Jutze spent the next three seasons as a backup for the Astros before being traded to the expansion Seattle Mariners in 1977. That season, he hit .220 for Seattle and knocked in all three of his career home runs. Skip retired following the season, having appeared in 254 games, in which he compiled a .215 career batting average.
Jutze played for the St. Louis Cardinals, 1972, the Houston Astros, 1973-76, and the Seattle Mariners, 1977.
5'11", 190 pounds
Batting Avg.: .215
Slugging Avg.: .259
Home Runs: 3
Home Run %: 0.5
Strike Outs: 86
Stolen Bases: 1
Home runs: n/a
Total Chances per Game: 4.7
Fielding Avg: .983
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The Baseball Encyclopedia: Tenth Edition (New York: McMillan, 1996)
The Big Book of Jewish Baseball: An Illustrated Encyclopedia and Anecdotal History, by Peter S. Horvitz and Joachim Horvitz (New York: S.P.I. Books, 2001)