Fred "Red" Bluhm
Major League Debut: July 3, 1918
Red Bluhm's only major league appearance was as a pinch-hitter on July 3, 1918 against the Philadelphia Atheltics. He popped out.
Bluhm broke into pro ball in 1911 with Youngstown. He played with Duluth, Toledo and New Orleans, where he was signed by the Cleveland Indians, but released before the 1915 season began. Bob Gilks, a former Cleveland infielder (1887-1890) and a scout for the Indians said, "Bluhm is the best fielding first baseman I have ever laid eyes on." Bluhm was the first ballplayer in the history of New Orleans to have a "day" in his honor (in 1918); fans arrived with a red flower in his or her lapel.
Bluhm had just turned 24 when he joined the Red Sox. Some accounts of the July 3rd game, including the official box score sent to the American League office, did not show Bluhm as a batter. The mystery of his appearance was not resolved until 1962.
Year Ag Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG TB SH HBP 1918 24 BOS AL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Minor League Batting
Year Team LG POS g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi TB sb bb so ba slg 1911 Youngstown 1912 Duluth 1913 Toledo 1914 New Orleans SA 1B 1915 New Orleans SA 1B 1916 New Orleans SA 1B 1917 New Orleans SA 1B 1918 New Orleans SA 1B Jersey City IL 1B .290
Minor leagues: SA - Southern Association; IL - International League.