An all star in 1951, Westlake belted 127 home runs during a 10-year stretch in the big leagues from 1947-1956. He came up with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947 and played in 112 games, hitting .273 with 17 long balls for the Bucs that season. He remained a starting outfielder for Pittsburgh until his all-star year when he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Westlake hit 20 or more home runs every year between 1949 and 1951 but his production dropped off once he left the Pirates. Playing for the Cardinals and the Cleveland Indians, he did not reach double digits in home runs again until he hit 11 for the Tribe in 1954. Two years later Westlake was out of the bigs for good.
At 97-years old, Westlake is currently the oldest living former National League player and also the oldest living former all star.
Wally Westlake – career stats