Charlie Babb

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Charles Amos Babb

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10½", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

"Quick on his feet, a perfect fielder and way above the average in hitting, everything points to his rapid advance in the base ball profession. We... see in him the making of the greatest third baseman of the age." - by a Portland correspondent to Sporting Life, April 25, 1896

Charlie Babb was 30 before he made his debut in the majors in 1903 with the New York Giants. He played three seasons in the majors and was in the minors from 1896-1913, although since he was 23 in 1896, he may have played earlier than that as well. The "Baseball Rookies Encyclopedia" says that Babb holds the modern (post-1901) record for a major league rookie getting hit by a pitch, with 22 in 1903. He is also remembered for being traded by the Giants, along with Jack Cronin, in December 1903 to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Bill Dahlen, a near-Hall of Famer who was past his prime at that point.

In 1902, he hit .298 for the Indianapolis Indians, who went 96-45. Oddly, Babb's .298 average was the highest among the regulars since no regular hit over .300, even though the team batting average was .281. In 1906, he managed at Memphis in the Southern Association, keeping the job until 1910. He managed the Norfolk Tars in the Virginia League in 1911, and the Altoona/Reading team in the Tri-State League in 1912. He was an interim manager at Wichita in the Western League in 1913.

"Although he is anything but a graceful fielder, Charlie Babb, the Brooklyns' short stop, is quite a base-hit killer." - Sporting Life of August 6, 1904

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Notes
1906 Memphis Egyptians Southern Association 79-55 2nd
1907 Memphis Egyptians Southern Association 74-57 2nd
1908 Memphis Egyptians Southern Association 73-62 3rd
1909 Memphis Turtles Southern Association 51-88 8th
1910 Memphis Turtles Southern Association 62-76 7th
1911 Norfolk Tars Virginia League 67-54 2nd
1912 Altoona Rams/Reading Pretzels Tri-State League 52-59 6th
1913 Wichita Witches Western League -- replaced George Hughes, replaced by Nick Maddox
Omaha Rourkes Western League -- replaced Carl Arbogast, replaced by Eddie Justice

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