Dick Hoblitzell of the 1918 Red Sox — 1918: Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox by Allan Wood

Richard Carleton “Doc” Hoblitzell
First Base

6’0″, 172 lbs., Batted Left, Threw Left
Born: October 26, 1888, Waverly, West Virginia
Died: November 14, 1962, Parkersburg, West Virginia

Debut: September 5, 1908

Dick Hoblitzell debuted with the Cincinnati Reds in September 1908 and became their regular first baseman the following spring. In 1911, he was second in the National League in hits and fourth in total bases. In 1914, he slumped and was put on waivers; Boston signed him that July.

Hoblitzell never hit as well in the American League as he had in the National League. In March 1918, he passed an examination for the Army’s Dental Corps (he came from a family of dentists) and left for military service in June. 

Hoblitzell did not return to the major leagues after 1918. He played in the International League in 1920-21 and was a player-manager for Charlotte in the South Atlantic League for five years. In 1932-33, he worked as an umpire in the International League.

 

Batting

Year Ag Tm  Lg   G   AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO    BA   OBP   SLG   TB  SH HBP
1908 19 CIN NL  32  114   8   29   3  2   0    8   2      7      .254  .309  .316   36   3   2
1909 20 CIN NL 142  517  59  159  23 11   4   67  17     44      .308  .364  .418  216  29   2
1910 21 CIN NL 155  611  85  170  24 13   4   70  28     47  32  .278  .332  .380  232  18   2
1911 22 CIN NL 158  622  81  180  19 13  11   91  32     42  44  .289  .342  .415  258  22   8
1912 23 CIN NL 148  558  73  164  32 12   2   85  23     48  28  .294  .352  .405  226  26   2
1913 24 CIN NL 137  502  59  143  23  7   3   62  18     35  26  .285  .334  .376  189  19   2
1914 25 BOS AL  69  229  31   73  10  3   0   33  12 12  19  21  .319  .386  .389   89   7   6
        CIN NL  78  248  31   52   8  7   0   26   7     26  26  .210  .287  .298   74  20   1
        TOT    147  477  62  125  18 10   0   59  19 12  45  47  .262  .335  .342  163  27   7
1915 26 BOS AL 124  399  54  113  15 12   2   61   9 14  38  26  .283  .351  .396  158  28   4
1916 27 BOS AL 130  417  57  108  17  1   0   39  10     47  28  .259  .338  .305  127  21   3
1917 28 BOS AL 120  420  49  108  19  7   1   47  12     46  22  .257  .336  .343  144  22   4
1918 29 BOS AL  25   69   4   11   1  0   0    4   3      8   3  .159  .266  .174   12   4   2
11 Seasons    1318 4706 591 1310 194 88  27  593 173 26 407 256  .278  .341  .374 1761 219  38
 
Fielding
Year Ag Tm  Lg Pos    G     PO    A    E   DP    FP  lgFP    RF    lgRF
1908 19 CIN NL  1B   32    313   24    5   11  .985  .986  10.53  10.74
1909 20 CIN NL  1B  142   1444   74   28   80  .982  .984  10.69  10.61
1910 21 CIN NL  1B  148   1454   67   24   64  .984  .984  10.28  10.09
                2B    7      7   16    0    2 1.000  .953   3.29   5.07
1911 22 CIN NL  1B  158   1442   91   16   81  .990  .986   9.70  10.00
1912 23 CIN NL  1B  147   1326   87   21   73  .985  .988   9.61  10.00
1913 24 CIN NL  1B  134   1373   60   17   76  .988  .987  10.69  10.21
1914 25 CIN NL  1B   75    802   31   10   43  .988  .988  11.11  10.34
1915 26 BOS AL  1B  117   1095   63   15   51  .987  .987   9.90  10.35
1916 27 BOS AL  1B  126   1225   67   15   64  .989  .988  10.25  10.52
1917 28 BOS AL  1B  118   1274   52   14   58  .990  .989  11.24  10.82
1918 29 BOS AL  1B   19    209   15    1   18  .996  .986  11.79  10.92
Position Total  1B 1216  11957  631  166  619  .987  .987  10.35  10.33
                2B    7      7   16    0    2 1.000  .953   3.29   5.07
Overall Total      1223  11964  647  166  621  .987  .987  10.31  10.30
 
World Series Batting
Year Team  Opp      G  AB  R  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO    BA   OBP   SLG  SB
1915 BOS   PHI      5  16  1  5   0  0  0   1   0   1  .312  .312  .312   1
1916 BOS   BRO      5  17  3  4   1  1  0   2   6   0  .235  .435  .412   0
 2 World Series    10  33  4  9   1  1  0   3   6   1  .273  .385  .364   1

Minor League Batting
Year Team          Lg  POS    G   AB   R   H   2B  3B  HR   TB  SB   BA    SLG
1905 Reading      TSL  
1907 Clarksburg   WPL
1908 Wheeling      CL   1B   53  185  25   66  11       0   77  19  .357  .416
1920 Akron         IL   1B  118  403  78  118  16   6   3  155  11  .293  .385
1921 Reading       IL   1B  126  473  82  166  19  13   3  220  28  .351  .465
1922 Charlotte    SAL   1B  136  489  84  157  24   9   5  214  11  .321  .438
1923 Charlotte    SAL   1B  136  503 109  164  25  12  10  243   9  .326  .483
1924 Reading       IL   1B   58  237  44   80  15   3   5  116   1  .338  .489
     Bridgeport    EL   1B   37  127  16   38   4   1   1   47   0  .299  .370
1929 Charlotte    SAL   1B  119  406  64  119  22   5   5  166  15  .293  .409
1930 Charlotte    SAL   1B  122  498  84  164  27   6   2  209   5  .329  .420
1931 Charleston   MAL   1B   29   96   8   27   4   0   0   31   0  .281  .323
TOTALS                      934 3417 594 1099 167  55  34 1478  99  .322  .433

Minor Leagues: TSL - Tri-State League; WPL - Western Pennsylvania league;
CL - Central League; IL - International League; SAL - Southern-Atlantic League;
EL - Eastern League; MAL - Mid-Atlantic League.