Joe Schultz (schuljo05)
Joseph Charles Schultz Jr.
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 184 lb.
- Debut September 27, 1939
- Final Game September 23, 1948
- Born August 29, 1918 in Chicago, IL USA
- Died January 10, 1996 in St. Louis, MO USA
The son of Joe Schultz, catcher Joe Schultz got his first professional at-bat in 1932 (though various sources give the date as 1931, there are 1932 newspaper accounts of the event). As the batboy for the Houston Buffaloes, which his father was managing, Schultz got a pinch-hit single at the age of just 14. Schultz got his real start for the 1936 Albany Travelers. He made it to the majors for the first time at the tail end of the 1939 season, playing five full seasons and parts of four others as a fringe reserve. His playing career lasted until 1948.
Schultz was then a coach for the St. Louis Browns in 1949. He managed in the minors from 1950 to 1962, then was a coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1963 to 1968. He also managed in various winter leagues.
Schultz was the manager of the 1969 Seattle Pilots, immortalized in Jim Bouton's Ball Four. The zany skipper, who was always exhorting his players to "pound that ol' Budweiser," used comedy to keep his team loose. Among numerous funny quotes in the book, one was about the art of bunting: "Boys, bunting is like jacking off. Once you learn how you never forget." Perhaps his most lasting line, however, is "Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit it square."
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