Kendall Cole "Casey" Wise (September 8, 1932 – February 20, 2007) was an American professional baseball player. He played parts of four seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), between 1957 and 1960, with three different clubs: the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Braves and the Detroit Tigers. He was primarily a second baseman, but also played substantially at shortstop. The son of longtime MLB scout Hughie Wise, Casey Wise was born in West Lafayette, Indiana. His nickname was derived from his initials, K.C.
Wise's career batting average was well below the Mendoza line, at .174 in his 126 games, a fact pointed out by Brendan C. Boyd and Fred C. Harris in their impish commentary in The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book (p. 59): "His may not be the worst Major League hitting record of all time, but it's definitely in contention."
Wise attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1956.
After his professional baseball career, Wise earned degrees in dentistry and orthodontics from the University of Tennessee and became the first orthodontist in Naples, Florida, starting his practice in 1968. He retired from practice in 1991. Wise died of complications from heart surgery in Naples in 2007; he was 74 years old.
By Dean Hanley
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