Butch Hobson

Clell Lavern "Butch" Hobson, Jr. (born August 17, 1951) is a former third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball and current manager of the independent league Chicago Dogs.[1]

Hobson played for the Boston Red Sox (1975–80), California Angels (1981) and New York Yankees (1982), batted and threw right-handed.

After retiring, he managed the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Boston Red Sox. He managed the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in 2008. He won the International League Manager of the Year award in 1991, and led the Nashua Pride to the Atlantic League Championship in 2000 and the Can-Am League Championship in 2007. He previously served as manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers and the Kane County Cougars.

Butch Hobson
Butch Hobson
Hobson with the California Angels in 1981
Third baseman / Manager
Born: August 17, 1951 (age 68)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1975, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
August 3, 1982, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average.248
Home runs98
Runs batted in397
Managerial record207–232
Winning %.472
As player

As manager


Hobson was a backup quarterback for the University of Alabama team under Bear Bryant as well as a baseball standout. Selected by the Red Sox in the 1973 amateur draft, he made his debut in 1975.

His most productive season came in 1977, when he set team season records for a third baseman with 30 home runs and 112 RBIs. In 1978, Hobson hit 17 home runs with 80 RBI. However, he posted 43 errors, the most for any American League fielder in that season, and his .899 fielding average also was the first below .900 by a regular player in 60 years. Hobson hit 28 home runs with 93 RBI in 1979, but a year later, an ensuing injury to his right elbow landed him on the disabled list for major parts of that season and the next.

Before the 1981 season, Hobson was sent to the Angels along with Rick Burleson in the same trade that brought Carney Lansford and Mark Clear to Boston. Hobson finished his major league career with the Yankees in 1982.

In an eight-year career, Hobson had a .248 batting average with 98 home runs and 397 RBI in 738 games.

Hobson holds the MLB record for fewest career home runs with a 30 home run season.[2]


Hobson managed Pawtucket for one season and posted a 79-64 record to lead his team to a first-place finish in the International League. After losing the Governors' Cup to Columbus, he was hired to manage the Red Sox parent club and posted a 207-232 record for Boston from 1992 to 1994. In 1996, while managing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, then a Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, he was arrested for possession of cocaine and immediately fired.

He managed the Nashua Pride for the 2000 through 2007 seasons with a record of 508-456. On rare occasions when an umpire ejected Hobson from a game for arguing a baserunning decision, Hobson would remove one of the bases and deliver it to a young fan before leaving the stadium. This signature move was one of the meanings of Stolen Bases, a movie the Pride commissioned in 2000. For example, Hobson "stole" first base on July 27, 2007 when a baserunner for the North Shore Spirit was called out at first base, then ruled safe after a protest by the opposing manager.[3] The base was always retrieved, allowing the game to resume.

On November 19, 2007, Hobson was named the first-ever manager of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the Atlantic League. He won manager of the year for the Atlantic League for the 2008 season.

On October 19, 2010, Hobson was named manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers for the 2011 season.

On January 5, 2017, Hobson was named manager of the Kane County Cougars for the 2017 season.

Personal life

Hobson's son, K. C. Hobson, played baseball for Stockdale High School where Butch helped as an assistant baseball coach from 2008 through 2009 helping the Mustangs win two CIF section championships [4]. Afterwards K. C. was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 6th round, 190th overall in the June 2009 baseball draft and has played for the Class-A Dunedin Blue Jays and the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League (baseball) and appeared with the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League in the 2018 season, the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Another son, Hank Hobson, was a linebacker with the University of Arizona Wildcats football team from 2011-2014.


  2. ^ Spatz, Lyle (2007). TheSABR Baseball List & Record Book – Baseball’s Most Fascinating Records and Unusual Statistics. United States: Simon & Schuster. p. 496. ISBN 9781416532453.
  3. ^ The stunt was captured on Video on YouTube.
  4. ^ zewing@bakersfield.com, ZACH EWING, Californian staff writer. "Hobson lived up to reputation, led Mustangs to title". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved August 23, 2018.


  • The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia – Gary Gillette, Peter Gammons, Pete Palmer. Publisher: Sterling Publishing, 2005. Format: Paperback, 1824pp. Language: English. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3

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Tucker Ashford
Columbia Mets Manager
Succeeded by
Bill Stein
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Dave Holt
New Britain Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Gary Allenson
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Johnny Pesky
Pawtucket Red Sox Manager
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Rico Petrocelli
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Mike Quade
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons Manager
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Ramon Aviles
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Bob Geren
Sarasota Red Sox Manager
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Ron Johnson
1975 Boston Red Sox season

The 1975 Boston Red Sox season was the 75th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 65 losses. Following a sweep of the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS, the Red Sox lost the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds in seven games. In their 4 losses in the World Series, they had at least a one run lead in each game, only to let the Reds come back and win all 4, spoiling the Sox's chances at winning the World Series for the first time since 1918, which would have ended the Curse of the Bambino. In game 7, the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead at one point, but the Reds rallied back to spoil the Red Sox chances of a major upset.

1977 Boston Red Sox season

The 1977 Boston Red Sox season was the 77th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished tied for second in the American League East with a record of 97 wins and 64 losses, 2½ games behind the New York Yankees.

Lack of pitching depth might have been a hindrance, but the team was helped by a league-leading offense, which during one ten-game span hit 33 home runs. With that kind of scoring, Boston managed to compete with the Yankees and Orioles – leading the division as late as August 22 – but at season's end, not even 97 wins would be enough.

1978 Boston Red Sox season

The 1978 Boston Red Sox season was the 78th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League (AL) with a record of 99 wins and 64 losses, including the loss of a one-game playoff to the New York Yankees after both teams had finished the regular season with identical 99–63 records.

1980 Boston Red Sox season

The 1980 Boston Red Sox season was the 80th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 83 wins and 77 losses, 19 games behind the New York Yankees. Manager Don Zimmer was fired with five games left, and Johnny Pesky finished the season as manager.

1982 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 1982 season was the 80th season for the Yankees. The team finished in fifth place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 79–83, finishing 16 games behind the AL Champion Milwaukee Brewers. As a result, the Yankees endured their first losing season since going 80–82 in 1973, the team's final season at the original Yankee Stadium before the 1976 renovations. The Yankees were managed by Gene Michael, Bob Lemon, and Clyde King. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.

Mel Allen, the long time Yankees play-by-play commentator, returned that season this time as a cable PBP man for the Yankees broadcasts on SportsChannel NY with Fran Healy. He had been a familiar face to many for several years now since his return to television in 1975 as the voice-over narrator and presenter for the hit program This Week in Baseball.

1992 Boston Red Sox season

The 1992 Boston Red Sox season was the 92nd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished last in the seven-team American League East with a record of 73 wins and 89 losses, 23 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. It was the last time the Red Sox finished last in their division until 2012. The Red Sox hit seven grand slams, the most in MLB in 1992.

1993 Boston Red Sox season

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1993 Major League Baseball season

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Sixteen years after the American League expanded from 12 to 14 teams, the National League finally followed suit, with the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins) joining the NL. It was also the first season since 1976 that both leagues had the same number of teams. The Toronto Blue Jays capped off the season by winning their second consecutive World Series title, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. The World Series was clinched when, in one of the most famous moments in baseball, Joe Carter hit a three-run walk off home run in the 9th to seal the victory at home.

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Nashua Pride

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