Gene Woodling Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
Died: June 2, 2001 in Barberton, Ohio
First Game: September 23, 1943 ; Final Game: September 16, 1962
This article was written by Jim Sargent and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
By the time he retired from the National League's New York Mets after the 1962 season, Eugene Richard "Gene" Woodling had accumulated a number of honors, including batting over .300 five times in his seventeen seasons. Although averaging .284 lifetime, he was best known as a dangerous hitter with runners in scoring position during the late innings. Most importantly, Woodling helped the New York Yankees win five straight World Series from 1949 through 1953. During those fall classics, the left-handed hitter averaged an impressive .318. His 27 postseason hits included five doubles, two triples, and three home runs.
A native of Akron, Ohio, the youngest son of Harvey and Alvada Woodling was surrounded by Ohio's football-rich tradition. Gene played football and basketball in high school, but he came from a family known for good swimmers. His older brother "Red" won a national title while swimming for Ohio State University. Gene believed training to be a first-class swimmer and being a tough competitor helped him make the big leagues. During his senior year, East High's swimming coach also became the baseball coach, so Gene was persuaded to try the diamond. In the Midwest, few schools played as many as twenty games in the often-chilly spring weather. Still, Cleveland scout Bill Bradley saw enough of Woodling to sign him.
A tough clutch hitter, Woodling made the major leagues to stay only after leading four different minor leagues in hitting. He began his professional career in 1940 at Mansfield of the Ohio State League. The "recruit" (as rookies were often called) led the Class D circuit with a .398 mark and made the All-Star team. He continued to shine in 1941. At Flint of the Class C Michigan State League, he paced the hitters with a .394 mark. But the next year at Class A Wilkes-Barre of the Eastern League, Gene broke his ankle sliding into home plate. The injury ended his season after 39 games, when he was averaging just .192. Returning to the Barons in 1943, he led his third league with a .344 mark. During a stint with Cleveland in late 1943, he batted .320 in eight games.
GENE WOODLING The six-time World Series champion Yankee signs on this 5x3 card, in blue felt tip Signature: "Gene Woodling", 5x3 card. After several unsuccessful stints in the majors, Woodling, a four-time minor league batting champion, stuck with the Yankees in 1949 and played a large role in the club's record five consecutive World Championships (1949-53). read more...
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GENE WOODLING Black and white photo of Woodling, as he prepares to bat Photograph signed: "Gene Woodling". B/w, 8x10. After several unsuccessful stints in the majors, Woodling, a read more...
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GENE WOODLING Signed photo in Yankees uniform, bat on his shoulder Photograph signed: "Gene Woodling". B/w, 8x10. After several unsuccessful stints in the majors, Woodling, a four-time read more...
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GENE WOODLING Color photo of Woodling, looking into the camera as he prepares to bat Photograph signed: "Gene Woodling". Color, 8x10. After several unsuccessful stints in the majors, read more...
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GENE WOODLING. Sports Card signed: "Gene Woodling". Topps baseball card #170 for 1959. Color, 2½x3½. Career Major League bio on verso. After previous, brief stints in the majors, read more...
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GENE WOODLING The six-time World Series champion signs his 1961 T.C.G. card No. 275, sealed with a PSA/DNA authentication label. Sports Card signed: "Gene Wooding". Color, 2½x3½, 1961 T.C.G. card No. 275. read more...
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THE NEW YORK METS - LITHOGRAPH SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ART SHAMSKY, RON "ROCKY" SWOBODA, FRANK THOMAS, DONN CLENDENON, JIM "MAC" McANDREW, DONALD CARDWELL, ED CHARLES, JERRY "KOOSE" KOOSMAN, WILMER DAVID "VINEGAR BEND" MIZELL, CARL (CARLTON FRANCIS) WILLEY, RON TAYLOR, J. C. MARTIN, ED KRANEPOOL, TUG (FRANK) MCGRAW, GENE WOODLING, BUD HARRELSON, KEN MacKENZIE, ROY McMILLAN, JERRY GROTE, TOMMIE AGEE, BOB PFEIL, JACK DILAURO, ALLEN WATSON, CLIFF COOK, MURRAY TINKELMAN - HFSID 327166NEW YORK METS Lithograph of the legendary Shea Stadium signed by 26 early New York Mets. Also signed by lithograph artist Murray Tinkleman! Lithograph Signed: "Tug McGraw", read more...
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THE NEW YORK YANKEES - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: VIRGIL TRUCKS, WHITEY FORD, JIM DELSING, EDDIE LOPAT, GENE WOODLING, ELSTON "ELLIE" HOWARD - HFSID 140453NEW YORK YANKEES: WHITEY FORD, ED LOPAT, ELSTON HOWARD and 3 others Card signed by six who wore the pinstripes Signature: "Elston Howard", "Whitey Ford", "Gene Woodling", "Virgil Trucks", "Ed Lopat" and "Jim Delsing", 3¼x4 yellow card. read more...
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THE NEW YORK YANKEES - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CIRCA 1950 CO-SIGNED BY: YOGI BERRA, FRANK CROSETTI, JERRY COLEMAN, VIC RASCHI, LEW BURDETTE, WALLY HOOD, CLIFF "TIGER" MAPES, JOHNNY "HIPPITY" HOPP, CHARLIE "SWEDE" SILVERA, JOE (JOSEPH KOLLONIGE) COLLINS, FRED SANFORD, TOM FERRICK, BILLY "BULL" JOHNSON, WHITEY FORD, RALPH HOUK, GENE "SKIP" MAUCH, JOHNNY MIZE, JIM "MILKMAN JIM" TURNER, PHIL RIZZUTO, TOMMY HENRICH, EDDIE LOPAT, DAVE ADISON, CASEY "THE OLD PROFESSOR" STENGEL, GENE WOODLING, HANK BAUER, BOBBY BROWN - HFSID 137209SIX HALL OF FAMERS AND SIX MANAGERS ARE AMONG THE 26 SIGNERS OF THIS BALL FROM THE ONLY TEAM TO WIN FIVE CONSECUTIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS! NEW YORK YANKEES: 1950 Official American read more...
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THE NEW YORK YANKEES - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CIRCA 1953 CO-SIGNED BY: YOGI BERRA, ALLIE REYNOLDS, JOHNNY SAIN, EWELL BLACKWELL, BOB KUZAVA, DON BOLLWEG, WHITEY FORD, JOHNNY MIZE, GIL McDOUGALD, PHIL RIZZUTO, EDDIE LOPAT, MICKEY MANTLE, GENE WOODLING, BILLY MARTIN, HANK BAUER - HFSID 137216NEW YORK YANKEES: 1953. Baseball signed by sixteen members of the team that won a fifth consecutive World Championship. Official American League Bobby Brown Baseball signed: "Mickey read more...
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THE NEW YORK YANKEES - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: CLIFF "TIGER" MAPES, BILLY "BULL" JOHNSON, RALPH HOUK, JOHNNY MIZE, JIM "MILKMAN JIM" TURNER, TOMMY HENRICH, EDDIE LOPAT, GENE WOODLING, JOE OSTROWSKI - HFSID 270779NEW YORK YANKEES (1950) Members of the World Championship team, dressed in suits, hoist manager Casey Stengel in celebration. Nine have signed this 10x8 photo next to their respective images. Photograph read more...
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THE NEW YORK YANKEES - LITHOGRAPH SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: FRANK "HONDO" HOWARD, ART DITMAR, WILLY MIRANDA, JAMES LYTTLE, ALLIE REYNOLDS, LEE "MAZ" MAZZILLI, TOM GORMAN, ELMER VALO, MEL STOTTLEMYRE, RAFAEL SANTANA, JIM COATES, BILL "MOOSE" SKOWRON, ELI GRBA, HECTOR LOPEZ, JOHNNY BLANCHARD, RYNE DUREN, BILL ROBINSON, CLYDE KING, BERT CAMPANERIS, TOMMY BYRNE, BOBBY RICHARDSON, BOB CERV, CLIFF "TIGER" MAPES, CHARLIE "SWEDE" SILVERA, FRED SANFORD, TOM FERRICK, BILL "HOOKS" MILLER, DON BOLLWEG, MIKE TORREZ, STEVE "HAMBONE" HAMILTON, SPECS "THE NAUGATUCK NUGGET" SHEA, DALE BERRA, RALPH HOUK, PHIL "SUPERSUB" LINZ, RIP (WALTER GARY) COLEMAN, RODNEY SCOTT, JACK DELANE "CHIEF" AKER, FRANK TEPEDINO, DICK KRYHOSKI, CHARLEY SMITH, GIL McDOUGALD, TOMMY HENRICH, RALPH TERRY, BOB "WARRIOR" FRIEND, BOBBY SHANT - HFSID 327167THE NEW YORK YANKEES Lithograph (16x20) of the front of Yankee Stadium signed by 69 New York Yankees in bright blue ink. Also signed by artist Murray Tinkelman! Lithograph signed: read more...
Sale Price $1,105.00