Harvey Fred "Red" Bluhm
Pinch Hitter

5'11", 165 lbs., Batted Right, Threw Right
Born: June 27, 1894, Cleveland, Ohio
Died: May 7, 1952, Flint, Michigan

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.