Braggo Roth

Robert Frank "Bobby" Roth (August 28, 1892 – September 11, 1936), nicknamed Braggo, was an American professional baseball player. He was an outfielder over parts of eight seasons in Major League Baseball with the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, and New York Yankees.

Braggo Roth
Braggo Roth 1919
Roth in 1919
Born: August 28, 1892
Burlington, Wisconsin
Died: September 11, 1936 (aged 44)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1914, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1921, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average.284
Home runs30
Runs batted in422
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Robert Frank Roth was born in Burlington, Wisconsin, on August 28, 1892. Roth's parents resided in Chicago, but vacationed in Burlington each summer at his mother's brother's house on the Fox River. Roth's brother, Frank, was 14 years older than Bobby. He was a catcher in the major leagues between 1903 and 1910.[1]

Baseball career

Braggo began his minor league career in 1910 with Green Bay of the Class-D Wisconsin–Illinois League.[1] After less than three months, Roth was released and he signed with the Red Wing Manufacturers of the Class-D Minnesota–Wisconsin League.[1] In 1912, he played for the St. Joseph Drummers of the Western League. He played for the Kansas City Blues of the American Association in 1913 and 1914. Roth played third base for the first four years of his career, but was converted into an outfielder in 1914.[1] He also earned the nickname "Braggo" during the 1914 season due to his boastful attitude about hitting.[1][2]

Roth made his MLB debut with the Chicago White Sox of the American League, when they purchased him from the Blues in August 1914. He was switched back to third base, but his playing time decreased in 1915 due to his poor defensive play and the acquisition of Eddie Murphy,[1] resulting in the White Sox trading Roth with a player to be named later (later decided to be Larry Chappell), Ed Klepfer and $31,500 to the Cleveland Indians for Shoeless Joe Jackson in August 1915.[1] Roth hit three home runs in the final week of the 1915 season to increase his season total to seven, one more than Rube Oldring.[1]

Braggo struck out often, leading the American League in strikeouts in 1917, and finishing among the leaders four other times. However, he also drew decent numbers of walks for the times, with a lifetime .367 on-base percentage. He was several times among the stolen base leaders, finishing as high as second in the league in 1918. He led the league in hit-by-pitch in 1918 and was two other times among the leaders.

With the Indians seeking pitching, they traded Roth to the Philadelphia Athletics for Larry Gardner, Charlie Jamieson and Elmer Myers before the 1919 season.[1] However, Roth's loud personality clashed with the reserved Connie Mack, so Mack traded Roth with Red Shannon to the Boston Red Sox for Jack Barry and Amos Strunk in June 1919.[1]

Before the 1920 season, the Boston Red Sox traded Roth and Shannon to the Washington Senators for Eddie Foster, Harry Harper and Mike Menosky. Roth slumped with the Red Sox, and after the season, he was traded by the Senators to the New York Yankees for Duffy Lewis and George Mogridge.[1]

Roth missed a substantial portion of the 1921 season with a knee injury.[1] Before the 1922 season, Roth declared his knee fit for play,[3] but the Yankees released him due to his knee injury, which did not respond to treatment.[4]

Roth played for the Blues and St. Paul Saints, also of the American Association, in 1923. He surfaced again with the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1928.


Roth died in an automobile accident with a newspaper truck at the age of 44 in Chicago.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Holmes, Dan. "Braggo Roth". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "Cubs May Feast on Southpaw Hurlers". The Lincoln Star. September 23, 1929. p. 11. Retrieved May 21, 2015 – via open access
  3. ^ "BOBBY ROTH SIGNS; LEAVES FOR SOUTH; Veteran Outfielder of Yankees in Fine Condition--Jones Agrees to Terms". The New York Times. March 3, 1922. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Ruth Made Captain; Roth Is Suspended; Babe Chosen to Fill Vacancy Caused by Transfer of Peckinpaugh to Boston. Roth's Ban Is Indefinite; Yankees' Veteran Outfielder Severely Penalized for Violation of Training Rules". New York Times. March 15, 1922. Retrieved November 19, 2009.

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1892 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1892 throughout the world.

1915 Chicago White Sox season

The 1915 Chicago White Sox season involved the White Sox finishing third in the American League.

With the acquisitions of Eddie Collins (over the winter) and Joe Jackson (in August), Chicago now had the two hitters they needed to win the 1917 and 1919 AL pennants.

1915 Cleveland Indians season

The 1915 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished seventh in the American League with a record of 57–95, 44½ games behind the Boston Red Sox.

1915 Major League Baseball season

The 1915 Major League Baseball season.

1916 Cleveland Indians season

The 1916 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished sixth in the American League with a record of 77–77, 14 games behind the Boston Red Sox.

1917 Cleveland Indians season

The 1917 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished third in the American League with a record of 88–66, 12 games behind the Chicago White Sox.

1918 Cleveland Indians season

The 1918 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the American League with a record of 73–54, 2½ games behind the Boston Red Sox.

1919 Boston Red Sox season

The 1919 Boston Red Sox season was the nineteenth season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished sixth in the American League (AL) with a record of 66 wins and 71 losses.

1919 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1919 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing last in the American League with a record of 36 wins and 104 losses. It was their fifth consecutive season in the cellar after owner-manager Connie Mack sold off his star players.

Philadelphia led the AL in fewest runs scored and most runs allowed, and they did so by wide margins. Their team ERA was 4.26, nearly a full run higher than the second worst team in the league that year. The A's team batting average of .244 was the lowest in both leagues. The pitching staff pitched only one shutout in the entire season.In July 1919, a newspaper reported, "Veteran Harry Davis has been coaxed out of his retirement and has been made assistant manager of the Athletics." Although Connie Mack was the team's manager, the report said, "Mack hereafter will devote most of his time to business affairs of the club" and that the understanding was that Davis "really is in full charge of the team."

1919 in baseball

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1920 Washington Senators season

The 1920 Washington Senators won 68 games, lost 84, and finished in sixth place in the American League. They were managed by Clark Griffith and played home games at Griffith Stadium.

1921 New York Yankees season

The 1921 New York Yankees season was the 19th season for the Yankees in New York and their 21st overall. The team finished with a record of 98–55, winning their first pennant in franchise history, winning the American League by 4½ games over the previous year's champion, the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. Their home games were played at the Polo Grounds.

Frank Roth

Francis Charles Roth (October 11, 1878 – March 27, 1955) was an American professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1903 to 1910 for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, and Cincinnati Reds.

Roth's brother was former Major League outfielder Braggo Roth.

Larry Chappell

La Verne Ashford "Larry" Chappell (February 19, 1890 – November 8, 1918) was a professional baseball player who played from 1913 to 1917 for the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and Boston Braves.

His big league career began on July 18, 1913. He hit .231 in 60 games in his rookie season, with no home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases. In 39 at-bats for the White Sox in 1914, he hit .231 again. In 1915, he was hitless in one at-bat.

On February 14, 1916, Chappell was sent to the Indians as the player to be named later to complete a trade that originally occurred August 21, 1915. In all, the Indians received Chappell, Braggo Roth, Ed Klepfer and $31,500. The White Sox received Shoeless Joe Jackson. Chappell was the most expensive of the players sent to the Indians – he was an $18,000 bonus player.He played in only three games for the Indians, collecting no hits in two at-bats. In May 1916, the Braves purchased him, and in 53 at-bats with them he hit .226. Overall, Chappell hit .218 with nine RBI and two stolen bases in 1916.

Chappell played his final season in 1917, appearing in four games for the Braves, collecting no hits in two at-bats. He played his final game on April 25.

Overall, Chappell hit .226 with no home runs, 26 RBI and nine stolen bases in 109 career games. He walked 25 times and struck out 42 times.

He died at the age of 28 in an army camp in France from the Spanish flu of 1918. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, Illinois.

Chappell was one of eight Major League Baseball players known either to have been killed or died from illness while serving in the armed forces during World War I. The others were Alex Burr‚ Harry Chapman, Harry Glenn‚ Eddie Grant‚ Newt Halliday, Ralph Sharman and Bun Troy.

List of Major League Baseball career fielding errors as a right fielder leaders

In baseball statistics, an error is an act, in the judgment of the official scorer, of a fielder misplaying a ball in a manner that allows a batter or baserunner to advance one or more bases or allows an at bat to continue after the batter should have been put out.

A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball or softball who plays defense in right field. Right field is the area of the outfield to the right of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher's mound. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the right fielder is assigned the number 9.

Harry Hooper is the all-time leader in errors committed by a right fielder with 142 career. Dave Parker is second all-time with 134 career errors at right field. Only fourteen right fielders have committed more than 100 career errors at the position.

Mike Menosky

Michael William Menosky (October 16, 1894 – April 11, 1983) was a professional American baseball outfielder for the Federal League and Major League Baseball. Born in Glen Campbell, Pennsylvania, he was known as "Leaping Mike" for his daring, fence-crashing catches. Menosky started his career on April 18, 1914 with the Pittsburgh Rebels of the Federal League, and went on to play 68 games that season. At 19, he was the second-youngest baseball player in the Federal League that season behind Jimmy Smith. He spent most of the 1915 season in the minor leagues of the Federal League. After the league folded in 1915, he was purchased by the Washington Senators of the American League on February 10, 1916.After playing 11 games in 1916, he became the starting left fielder in 1917. He hit ten triples that season, and stole 22 bases. After taking a year off from baseball to serve in the military, he was again the starting left fielder during the 1919 season for the Senators. After the season ended, Menosky was traded on January 20, 1920 with Eddie Foster and Harry Harper to the Boston Red Sox for Braggo Roth and Red Shannon. He remained the starting left fielder on the Boston Red Sox for the 1920 and 1921 seasons. He had his best statistical season during the 1920 Boston Red Sox season, where he played in 141 games, had a batting average of .297, hit nine triples, and stole 23 bases, which was good for fourth in the American League. During the 1921 Boston Red Sox season, he had a career-high batting average of .300. In 1922, he was named the opening day starter as a center fielder, having played the previous two seasons in left field. He went on to play only four games in center field that season out of the 103 he played.Menosky went on to play one more season with the Red Sox, playing in 84 games in 1923. At the end of the season, he was released to the Vernon club of the Pacific Coast League, ending his Major League career.After his retirement from baseball, he became a probation officer. His baseball career came of use in a case where the defendant was charged with throwing a rock through a Detroit terminal caboose window. The judge doubted he could throw a rock 250 feet, and when Menosky tried to throw a rock 250 feet and was unable to do so, the judge dismissed the case, stating that the average man would not have a chance if Menosky could not do it.Menosky died in Detroit, Michigan on April 11, 1983.

Robert Roth

Robert Roth may refer to:

Robert Roth (activist) (born 1950), American anti-war, anti-racism and anti-imperialism activist and educator

Robert Roth (sport wrestler) (1898–1959), Swiss wrestler

Robert Roth (musician), songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for Truly

Robert Frank Roth, baseball player known as Braggo Roth

Bobby Roth (born 1950), television and film director, screenwriter and producer

Robert A. Roth, publisher and art collector, founder of Chicago Reader

Tyler Naquin

Tyler Wesley Naquin (born April 24, 1991) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to playing professionally, Naquin played college baseball for the Texas A&M Aggies.

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