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Jacob Albert Pitler

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 150 lb.

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Jake Pitler, who was a long-time minor league manager and major league coach, was the regular second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1917, in the last year that Honus Wagner was a player. In spite of Honus being 43 years old, he still out-hit Jake. Jake also played briefly with the Pirates in 1918.

Pitler played several years with the Jackson team in the Southern Michigan League and several more with the Chattanooga Lookouts. He was with Chattanooga before making his major league debut in late May of 1917. He was a minor league manager for nearly 20 years starting in 1929 and during several of those years was a player-manager.

The Big Book of Jewish Baseball states that Jake was optioned in 1918 by the Pirates to the Jersey City Skeeters, but jumped to an outlaw league instead. That got him banned from organized baseball for years.

He apparently continued to play for outlaw teams during that period. The SABR biography of Phil Douglas states that Pitler in 1923 was the player-manager of the Hornell, NY team, supposedly the strongest outlaw team in the country.

He coached for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1957.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1929 Elmira Colonels New York-Penn League 66-72 5th none
1930 Elmira Colonels New York-Penn League 73-64 2nd none
1931 Elmira Colonels New York-Penn League -- replaced by Freddy Coumbe on July 15
Hazleton Mountaineers New York-Penn League none replaced Hugh Fitzgerald on July 19
1932 Hazleton Mountaineers New York-Penn League 67-72 6th Boston Red Sox none
1933 Springfield Chicks Middle Atlantic League 67-64 4th Washington Senators
1934 Scranton Miners New York-Penn League 71-67 4th none
1935 Portsmouth Pirates Middle Atlantic League 54-63 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
1936 Wilkes-Barre Barons New York-Penn League 62-75 7th none
1937 Jeannette Bisons Pennsylvania State Association 13-11 -- Buffalo Bisons Team disbanded June 10
1939 Olean Oilers PONY League 65-38 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1940 Olean Oilers PONY League 65-39 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1941 Olean Oilers PONY League 48-61 5th Brooklyn Dodgers
1942 Olean Oilers PONY League 82-42 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1943 Olean Oilers PONY League 43-66 6th Brooklyn Dodgers
1944 Newport News Dodgers Piedmont League 61-78 6th Brooklyn Dodgers
1945 Newport News Dodgers Piedmont League 69-69 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1946 Danville Dodgers Three-I League Brooklyn Dodgers replaced by Paul Chervinko

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