Charles A. Shaffer
also listed as Schaffer or Schaeffer
- Bats Right Throws Right
- Height 5' 9" Weight 170 lb.
Charles Shaffer played in the minors from 1892 to 1906, missing a few years in-between, although his statistical record is incomplete. He was primarily a first baseman. After his playing days, he was a manager and umpire.
Shaffer debuted in 1892 with the Altoona Mountaineers, hitting .302 with 32 steals and 15 doubles. He led the Pennsylvania State League with 104 hits, was second to Heinie Kappel in steals and was third in doubles (behind Jake Drauby and Scoops Carey), while placing in the top 10 in average. He was at .291 with a .360 slugging for the 1893 Harrisburg Senators. In 1894, he was with the Peoria Distillers. In 1895, he hit .302 with 9 triples for the Omaha Omahogs/Denver/Dubuque club. In 1896, Shaffer played for the Houston Magnolias and also managed them for part of the year. In 1897, after playing for two Atlantic League clubs, for whom he hit a combined .225 with 21 steals, he replaced George Reed as manager at Houston where he finished out the season. He split 1898 between the Allentown Peanuts and Cortland. In '99, he was with the Cedar Rapids Bunnies (.315, 15 SB, 29 R in 35 G) and Youngstown Little Giants. BR Minors does not list his 1900 whereabouts (as of May 2012). In 1901, he hit .270 for the Rockford Red Sox. He was at .293 for the '02 Helena Senators, finishing in the Pacific Northwest League top 10 in average and hits (136). He hit .225 for the 1903 Portland Browns and .305 that year for the Butte Miners. He tied George Treadway for 7th in the Pacific Northwest League with 31 doubles. In '04, he batted .346 and slugged .441 between two Pacific Northwest clubs, with 33 doubles and 6 triples. He tied Dad Clark and Lefty Houtz for the league lead in doubles, was second with 186 hits (two behind Farmer Weaver) and was in the top 10 in average. His whereabouts for 1905 are unknown.
Shaffer hit .260 as player-manager for the 1906 Richmond Colts. He held the same role for part of 1907 (batting .270) and also played 42 games for the Seattle Siwashes, hitting .213 with a .252 slugging percentage. In 1908, the veteran managed the Roanoke Tigers. He was only 11 for 86 with a double for the 1909 LaCrosse Outcats, spending the rest of the year as player-manager of the Davenport Prodigals (hitting only .208/?/.243 in 109 games). He remained with Davenport in 1910, going 10 for 54 to end his playing career.