Whitehead was a 160-lb utility infielder for the Cardinals who was often in poor
health. The Giants' Bill Terry
was criticized when he gave up players and cash for
him in December 1935, but Whitehead played in every game for New York in their pennant-winning
1936 and 1937 seasons. He led NL second basemen in total chances per game in 1936,
and in putouts, fielding percentage, and double plays in 1937. He missed the 1938
season due to illness, and later spent four years in the WWII Navy.