Kid Elberfeld

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Norman Arthur Elberfeld
(The Tabasco Kid)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 158 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

" ... one of the greatest managers in Southern Association history ... Elberfeld ... was noted throughout his long baseball career for his brainy and fiery play." - from a United Press report shortly before his death in 1944

Infielder Kid Elberfeld played 14 seasons in the big leagues, mostly with the new American League, and managed the New York Highlanders for 98 games in 1908. He was proficient at the art of getting hit by the pitch, ranking # 15 on the all-time list (through 2010). He also played and managed many years in the minors.

Although he stood only 5' 7" tall, he was famous for his temper.

Books about Casey Stengel say that when Elberfeld was a veteran and Stengel was a young player, the two became close friends. Elberfeld gave Stengel useful information on how to be a successful ballplayer.

His obituary in the New York Times states that he bought an orchard near Chattanooga, TN early in his professional career, and lived there until he died. His children were all athletically talented, with his girls forming a basketball team called the "Elberfeld Girls" which toured the South for many years.

One of his relatives has created the Kid Elberfeld website.

Preceded by
Clark Griffith
New York Yankees Manager
Succeeded by
George Stallings

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1908 New York Highlanders American League 27-71 8th New York Highlanders replaced Clark Griffith (24-32) on June 25
1913 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern Association 70-64 4th -- none
1915 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern Association 37-27 6th -- none replaced Moose McCormick (36-53) on July 20
1916 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern Association -- -- replaced by Pop Kitchens
1917 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern Association 76-74 6th -- none
1918 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 41-28 2nd -- League suspended operations on June 28
1919 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 74-56 2nd -- none
1920 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 88-59 1st -- none League Champs
1921 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 74-77 4th -- none
1922 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 86-67 4th -- none
1923 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 53-92 8th -- none
1924 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 51-101 8th -- none
1925 Mobile Bears Southern Association 73-78 5th -- none
1926 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern Association 55-94 6th -- none
1930 Springfield Midgets Western Association 64-73 5th St. Louis Browns
1936 Fulton Eagles KITTY League 63-56 5th none

Records Held[edit]

  • Hits, most in a game with all of team's hits, 4, 8/1/03 (tied)

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