Hans Lobert

John Bernard "Hans" Lobert (October 18, 1881 – September 14, 1968) was an American third baseman, shortstop, coach, manager and scout in Major League Baseball. Lobert was immortalized in the Lawrence Ritter book The Glory of Their Times.

Hans Lobert
Third baseman / Shortstop / Coach / Manager / Scout
Born: October 18, 1881
Wilmington, Delaware
Died: September 14, 1968 (aged 86)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 21, 1903, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1917, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average.274
Home runs32
Runs batted in481
Stolen bases316
Managerial record42–111
Winning %.275
As player

As manager

As coach

Early life

Lobert was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He was the son of a cabinet maker. Lobert was one of 6 children including brothers Frank and Ollie who also became professional baseball players. The family eventually moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania after his baseball career began. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Playing career

Barney Dreyfuss, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, invited Lobert to try out for his team in September 1903. He started his professional baseball career at the age of 21 that same month. Like shortstop Honus Wagner, a teammate as well as neighbor of Lobert's when he first came to the major leagues, the German-American Lobert earned the nickname "Hans" as a familiar form of Johannes, the German version of his given name, and was dubbed "Hans Number 2" by Honus Wagner. He would keep this name for the next 50 years. Lobert batted .274 for his career and played 14 seasons (1903, 1905–17) with five National League clubs, including regular stints as a third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds (1906–10) and Philadelphia Phillies (1911–14). He also played with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1903), Chicago Cubs (1905) and New York Giants (1915–17).

Fred Clarke, manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, had Lobert try every infield position except for first base. He had five appearances in the fall of the 1903 season. He had three errors and only hit 1 ball of 13 at-bats. The hit was during a game against the New York Giants with Joe McGinnity as pitcher, and Lobert bunted for a single. In 1904, The Pirates sold him to Des Moines, Iowa which was part of the Western League. He would go on to play 143 games that season. Lobert batted .264 and stole 37 bases. When the team came under new ownership in 1905, Lobert was offered a contract with a significant pay put, he jumped teams with the added advantage of playing closer to home. He would play for Johnson as part of the Tri-State League, where he played 115 games, batted .337, and stole 31 bases. That same season the Chicago Cubs would buy Lobert from Johnson, and he would bat .196 in his 14 games. He was traded once again before the start of the 1906 season; this time to the Cincinnati Reds where he would bat .310 and steal 20 bases in his 79 games. 35 of his games were at third base, 31 were as a shortstop, and 10 were played at second base. He replaced Tommy Corcoran as the everyday shortstop in 1907. In the middle of the 1908 season, Lobert made his career changing move as third baseman.

During his career, Lobert was known as one of the fastest players in the game. He once raced a racehorse around the bases before a game, an event that he recounted in The Glory of Their Times. On September 27, 1908, Lobert became the first Reds player to steal 2nd base, 3rd base, and home plate in the same inning.[1] At 26 years old, he was the top player almost every offensive category for the Reds and played all 155 games; he batted an average of .293, 570 at-bats, had 71 runs, 167 hits, 17 doubles, 18 triples, 4 home runs, had an RBI of 63, and 47 stolen bases, his new career high. The next season, the Reds would lead the national league in stolen bases with a total of 280; however, Lobert's batting average suffered and went down to .212. In 1910, the Reds would continue their lead in the category with a new total of 310 stolen bases where Lobert would steal 41 bases and bat .309 while only playing 39 games because of a back injury. That same year, he was traded, along with 7 other players, to the Philadelphia Phillies. He would lead the Phillies with 40 stolen bases and had a batted .285 in 1911. The following year, Lobert only played 65 games due to another injury, but he was still able to increase his batting average to .327.

Lobert would marry Rachael Campbell in 1913. That same year he would win the 100 yard dash on the Polo Grounds against Jim Thorpe. He would have the top fielding percentage as a third baseman in the National League with a .974 fielding percentage and came in third in the National League with in runs with 98, in stolen bases with 41, and in bases with 243, while playing all but one game. At this point, he considered signing with the Chicago Whales as part of the Federal League. John McGraw, manager of the New York Giants, convinced him not join, and in January 1914, Lobert signed a three-year contract with the Giants that matched the same salary the Whales had offered him. In addition to this, the Giants also traded pitcher Al Demaree, third baseman Milt Stock, and reserve catcher Bert Adams for Lobert. He would only end up being a regular third baseman batting .251. In 1915, he would end up ending his season after 106 games due to torn ligaments in his knee. He would play his last game with the Giants on October 3, 1917 at the age of 35.

In 1317 games over 14 seasons, Lobert compiled a .274 batting average (1252-for-4563) with 640 runs, 159 doubles, 82 triples, 32 home runs, 481 RBI, 316 stolen bases, 395 base on balls, 302 strikeouts, .337 on-base percentage and .366 slugging percentage. Defensively, he recorded a .941 fielding percentage.

After baseball

Lobert would go on to be the baseball coach of the United States Military Academy at West Point with the help of McGraw. He would later serve as McGraw's full-time scout and eventually become a coach for the New York Giants in 1928. Lobert would become the manager of the Eastern League's Bridgeport team, the next year. He would then manage the Jersey City team of the International League. After managing in the minor leagues during the 1920s and early 1930s, Lobert became a coach for the Phillies from 1934 through 1941. At 60, he became one of the oldest rookie managers in baseball history when he was appointed skipper of the 1942 Phils, in the midst of the longest streak of futility in their history. Under Lobert, the club lost 109 games (they had lost 111 under Doc Prothro in 1941). Counting two losses as an interim manager in 1938, Lobert's career managerial record was 42–111 (.275).

After his one season at the Phillies' helm, Lobert's career in uniform ended as a Cincinnati coach (1943–44). He then became a scout for the Dodgers and Giants, serving until his death in Philadelphia at age 86. He was an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University.

A 1953 film, Big Leaguer, set at a Giants training camp in Florida, was a fictional story, but starred Edward G. Robinson in the role of Lobert. Lobert plays a cameo in two brief scenes.

See also


  1. ^ 1986 Topps baseball card # 108
  2. ^ "Hans Lobert | Society for American Baseball Research". sabr.org. Retrieved 2016-04-27.

External links

1905 Chicago Cubs season

The 1905 Chicago Cubs season was the 34th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 30th in the National League and the 13th at West Side Park. The Cubs finished third in the National League with a record of 92–61.

1907 Cincinnati Reds season

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1908 Cincinnati Reds season

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1911 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1912 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1914 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1915 New York Giants season

The 1915 New York Giants season was the franchise's 33rd season. The team finished eighth in the eight-team National League with a record of 69–83, 21 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

1917 New York Giants season

The 1917 New York Giants season was the franchise's 35th season. It involved the Giants winning the National League pennant for the first time in four years. The team went on to lose to the Chicago White Sox in the 1917 World Series, four games to two.

1931 New York Giants (MLB) season

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1937 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1942 Major League Baseball season

The 1942 Major League Baseball season saw the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the New York Yankees in the World Series.

1942 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1942 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 60th season in the history of the franchise. The team, managed by Hans Lobert, began their fifth season at Shibe Park. Prior to the season, the team shortened the team nickname to 'Phils'. Of the change, a baseball writer opined prior to the season, "the gag is they wanted to get the 'lie' out of their name."

1960 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to Baseball Hall of Fame for 1960 followed a system established after the 1956 election. The Veterans Committee was meeting only in odd-numbered years (until 1962). The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and, same as in 1958, it elected no one. For the third and final time the induction ceremonies in Cooperstown were canceled because there was no one to induct. It was also the last time until 2013 that there were no living inductees (all three members of that induction class, all deceased, were voted in by the Veterans Committee).

Big Leaguer

Big Leaguer is a 1953 American sports drama film starring Edward G. Robinson and was the first film directed by Robert Aldrich.

Although this story is fiction, Robinson's character in it, Hans Lobert, was an actual baseball player who played for five Major League Baseball teams and managed the Philadelphia Phillies. Third-billed in the cast, Jeff Richards was a professional ballplayer before he became an actor, and Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell appears as himself.

"It was not a personal film of my status at the time," said Aldrich later. "I feel the film was good but not indicative of what I wanted to express in the motion picture medium."

Doc Prothro

James Thompson "Doc" Prothro Sr. (July 16, 1893 – October 14, 1971) was an infielder and manager in American Major League Baseball. Prothro was so nicknamed because he was a practicing dentist before signing his first professional baseball contract at age 26. His son, Tommy Prothro, became a successful coach in U.S. college football (at Oregon State University and UCLA) and, during the 1970s, led the Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers of the National Football League.

A Memphis native, Doc Prothro attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He was a right-handed hitting third baseman and shortstop for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds (1920; 1923–26), batting .318 in 180 games. He was discovered by baseball promoter Joe Engel, who managed the Chattanooga Lookouts at Engel Stadium. In 1928, Prothro became a manager in the Southern Association, then one of the higher-level minor leagues, leading the Memphis Chicks and Little Rock Travelers to four SA pennants through 1938.

In 1939, Prothro replaced Jimmie Wilson as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. In his three full seasons (1939-40–41) at the helm of the Phils, the club remained locked in the National League "cellar" — losers of 106, 103 and 111 games in successive seasons. Prothro's career mark of 138–320, with a .301 winning percentage, is the worst record in major league history for managers leading a club for at least three seasons.

Prothro was fired after the 1941 season and replaced by Hans Lobert and thereafter returned to the Southern Association, where he piloted the Chicks from 1942 to 1947. After he retired as Memphis' manager, he remained active as a co-owner of the club.

Prothro died in Memphis in 1971 at the age of 78.

Frank Lobert

Frank John Lobert (November 26, 1883 – May 29, 1932) was a Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the Baltimore Terrapins of the Federal League in 1915. Lobert played in several minor leagues from 1909 to 1911.

He was the brother of fellow major leaguer Hans Lobert, and cousin of Joe Schultz, Sr., and his son Joe Schultz, Jr..

Joe Schultz (outfielder)

Joseph Charles Schultz Sr. (July 24, 1893 – April 13, 1941), nicknamed "Germany", was an American professional baseball outfielder in Major League Baseball from 1912 to 1925. He played for the Boston Braves, Brooklyn Robins, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the father of former MLB catcher, coach and manager Joe Schultz, and a cousin of Frank Lobert and Hans Lobert. During his career, Schultz Sr. played for seven of the eight existing National League clubs, with the exception of the New York Giants. A 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 172 lb (78 kg) right-handed batter and thrower, he hit .285 with 558 hits and 15 home runs in 1,959 major league games. In his finest season, 1921 for the St. Louis Cardinals, he appeared in 112 games, garnered 108 hits and batted .314 with four home runs and 64 runs batted in.

After his playing career, Schultz became a manager in the far-flung Cardinals farm system. He led the 1931 Houston Buffaloes to 108 regular-season victories (in 159 games) and the Texas League championship.

In 1939, Schultz became the farm system director of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In April 1941, while he was en route to visit one of the Pittsburgh farm clubs in Moultrie, Georgia, Schultz was suddenly stricken with acute toxic hepatitis and died in Columbia, South Carolina, at the age of 47. His son, Joe Jr., a backup catcher for the Pirates, took the field in an exhibition match shortly before his father's death.

List of Philadelphia Phillies managers

In its 133-year history, the Philadelphia Phillies baseball franchise of Major League Baseball's National League has employed 54 managers. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. Of those 52 managers, 15 have been "player-managers"; specifically, they managed the team while still being signed as a player.The Phillies posted their franchise record for losses in a season during their record-setting streak of 16 consecutive losing seasons (a season where the winning percentage is below .500), with 111 losses out of 154 games in 1941. During this stretch from 1933 to 1948, the Phillies employed seven managers, all of whom posted a winning percentage below .430 for their Phillies careers. Seven managers have taken the Phillies to the postseason, with Danny Ozark and Charlie Manuel leading the team to three playoff appearances. Dallas Green and Charlie Manuel are the only Phillies managers to win a World Series: Green in the 1980 World Series against the Kansas City Royals; and Manuel in the 2008 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gene Mauch is the longest-tenured manager in franchise history, with 1,332 games of service in parts of nine seasons (1960–1968). Manuel surpassed Mauch for the most victories as a manager in franchise history on September 28, 2011, with a 13-inning defeat of the Atlanta Braves; it was the team's final victory in their franchise-record 102-win season.

The manager with the highest winning percentage over a full season or more was Arthur Irwin, whose .575 winning percentage is fourth on the all-time wins list for Phillies managers. Conversely, the worst winning percentage over a season in franchise history is .160 by the inaugural season's second manager Blondie Purcell, who posted a 13–68 record during the 1883 season.

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