Louis Bernard Stringer
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 173 lb.
- Debut April 15, 1941
- Final Game September 23, 1950
- Born May 13, 1917 in Grand Rapids, MI USA
- Died October 19, 2008 in Lake Forest, CA USA
Infielder Lou Stringer was signed by the Chicago Cubs and scout Jigger Statz as an amateur free agent before the 1937 season. The twenty year old was assigned to the class C Ponca City Angels for his first season and he responded by hitting .263 with five homers and fielded the second base position at a .960 clip. This performance would get him back to the same club for the following year and Stringer would help his team win the 1938 Western Association League Championship and Playoff title by hitting .286 with seven homers and tying for the league lead in runs scored with 126, plus playing second base for the All-Star team.
1939 would see Lou have another good year in the minors, hitting .272 with 16 four-baggers and fielding at a .976 clip for the Los Angeles Angels of the PCL and come back again with the same club in 1940, hitting .263 with 14 homers, paving his way for his first chance at the major leagues. Lou would win the second base job with the Cubs in 1941, starting off a little shakey by committing four errors in his first major league game, but recovered to lead all major league second sackers in assists as a rookie. He would play in 145 games for the Cubs, hitting .246 with five homers and fielding at a .960 clip, making only 34 errors in 845 chances.
Stringer would be back at second base for the Cubs in 1942, hitting .236 but with nine homers and fielded at his usual steady pace, making only 29 miscues for a .968 percentage. Lou would enter the United States Army Air Force in October of '42 and would be discharged in December of 1945. Lou, now 29, would step back into his old position with the Cubs but get into only 80 games and hit .244. He would be sent down to the Los Angeles Angels in 1947 and would hit at a .293 clip with 13 homers and set PCL records by handling 353 chances in 64 games without an error. This would get him selected off waivers on February 9, 1948 by the New York Giants who in turn sold Stringer to the Chicago White Sox on April 1, 1948.
Stringer would be with the Hollywood Stars in 1948 and was hitting .333 and had replaced Jimmy Dykes as manager during the season when he was acquired by the Boston Red Sox following an injury to Bobby Doerr. Lou would finish up his major league time with the Red Sox with a career .242 average for his six year run. Lou would have 13 active seasons in the minors and would finish up with the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Seals of the PCL in the early '50s. Lou had a minor league career batting average of .288 with 136 home runs and a .966 fielding percentage.
Stringer also had five years of minor league managing through 1957 after retiring as an active player. Lou, who had roles as an extra in Hollywood films during his playing days, became an automobile saleman before his retirement in El Toro, CA. Stringer died on October 19, 2008 in Lake Forest, CA.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1948||Hollywood Stars||Pacific Coast League||--||Chicago White Sox||--|| replaced Jimmie Dykes August 28/|
replaced by Mule Haas September 20
|1954||Yakima Bears||Western International League||80-57||2nd||none|
|1955||Boise Braves||Pioneer League||77-54||1st||Milwaukee Braves||Lost in 1st round|
|1956||Pocatello Bannocks||Pioneer League||8th||Kansas City Athletics||replaced Joe Lutz|
|1957||Des Moines Bruins||Western League||24-37||--||Chicago Cubs||--||replaced by Hersh Martin (36-55) on June 24|
Baseball in Wartime - Lou Stringer