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George (Lucky) Whiteman was born in Peoria, Illinois on December 23, 1882 the child of a German immigrant mother and father formerly from New York . Early in his life as a teenager he felt the urge to move around and see the country. He and a partner began touring the United States as a diving acrobat team to make money and travel. That was a fine life until his partner died from a dive and Whiteman quit immediately and began looking for a different career.
Instead of writing this, I found a very well written article about Whiteman from the SABR biographies written by Jon Daly. HERE is the article.