PLAYER: Dick Hoblitzell
TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
BACK: Polar Bear (30/39)
GRADE: SGC 7 NM (122) 3308-040
A stellar example of Cincinnati Reds first baseman Dick Hoblitzell. The card features the Polar Bear advertising reverse (ranked 30 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).
Richard Carleton Hoblitzell
Born: October 26, 1888 - Waverly, WV
Died: November 14, 1962 - Parkersburg, WV
Career BA: .278
Cincinnati Reds NL (1908–1914)
Boston Red Sox AL (1914–1918)
Dick “Hobby” Hoblitzell was only 19 years old when the Reds purchased him late in the 1908 season from the Clarksburg Bees of the Western Pennsylvania League. As a rookie in 1909, he was considered a prodigy, batting .308, which was good for third place in the National League, behind the likes of Honus Wagner and Mike Mitchell. A solid first baseman, respected by both teammates and opponents, he was sold to the Red Sox in July 1914. He hit .319 that year to help the Sox become pennant contenders and played in the 1915 and 1916 World Series. Hoblitzell left the Sox to serve in the U.S. Army Dental Corps in WWI. After the war, he became player/manager of the South Atlantic League’s Charlotte Hornets for several years, winning the league pennant in 1923. After retiring to run the family farm, he later hosted a radio sports show, was a newspaper sports columnist, an umpire for youth baseball, and was active in local politics.
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