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John Gordon Dobbs

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9½", Weight 170 lb.

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John Dobbs played five years in the majors and managed for many years in the minors.

Dobbs was in the majors from 1901-1905, appearing in at least 100 games each year. He primarily played center field, and his best season with the bat was 1902 when he hit .299, split between two National League teams. He played in the outfield with Sam Crawford on the 1902 Reds and was a teammate of Frank Chance, Johnny Evers and Joe Tinker on the Chicago Cubs of 1902 and 1903.

He was a minor league manager for 25 years between 1907 and 1933, mostly in the Southern Association. He managed the New Orleans Pelicans from 1914 to 1922, when he was replaced by Larry Gilbert. He also managed Nashville, Chattanooga, Montgomery, Memphis, Birmingham, and Atlanta, and also spent one year each in the South Atlantic League and the Piedmont League. Overall, his teams went 1,918-1,487, winning five Southern Association pennants.

In 1931, while skipper of the Atlanta Crackers, Dobbs was suspended for 30 days for striking an umpire.

At the time of his death, Dobbs was the co-owner of the Charlotte Hornets in the Piedmont League.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1907 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 59-78 8th none
1909 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern Association 84-36 1st League Champs
1910 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern Association 66-71 4th none
1911 Montgomery Billikens Southern Association 77-58 2nd none
1912 Montgomery Rebels Southern Association 64-75 6th none
1913 Montgomery Rebels Southern Association 68-69 5th none
1914 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 80-65 3rd none
1915 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 91-63 1st none League Champs
1916 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 73-61 2nd none
1917 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 89-61 2nd none
1918 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 49-21 1st League suspended operations on June 28
1919 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 74-61 3rd none
1920 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 86-62 2nd none
1921 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 97-57 2nd none
1922 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 89-64 3rd none
1923 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 76-70 3rd none
1924 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 104-49 1st none League Champs
1925 Birmingham Barons Southern Association 67-85 7th none
1926 Birmingham Barons Southern Association 87-61 3rd none
1927 Birmingham Barons Southern Association 91-63 2nd none
1928 Birmingham Barons Southern Association 99-54 1st League Champs
1929 Birmingham Barons Southern Association 93-60 1st none League Champs
1930 Atlanta Crackers Southern Association 84-69 4th none
1931 Atlanta Crackers Southern Association 78-76 6th none
1933 Charlotte Hornets Piedmont League 10-9 -- -- replaced by Guy Lacy on May 16

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