He played briefly as an infielder with
the Braves at the end of the 1931 season. After a strong year in 1933 in
the Pacific Coast League, he went to the Red Sox. Then it was on to his
rendezvous with Wilson in Philadelphia for the eventual change that
would leave Walters extremely grateful.
Bucky pitched nine full seasons with the
Reds. In 1948 he became the club's manager and held that position for
two years. After that he went to the Braves as a pitching coach and
retired from baseball in the mid-1950s.
Bucky Walters is remembered in
Cincinnati as one of the best pitchers
ever for the Reds, but had it not been for Jimmie Wilson's uncanny
perception, Bucky Walters probably would have ended up as an unknown
back home in Philadelphia.