Al Todd

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Alfred Chester Todd

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Biographical Information[edit]

"I can talk rings around that Todd any time, but I don't wanta fight him no more." - Dizzy Dean about his brawl with Al Todd in 1931, quoted in The Gashouse Gang and a Couple of Other Guys

Al Todd played eleven years in the National League, beginning at age 30. Other than two games in the outfield, he was used exclusively at catcher.

Todd's most notable year with the bat was in 1937 at age 35, when he hit 8 homers and 10 triples, driving in 86 runs for the 1937 Pirates. His RBI count was second-highest on the team behind Gus Suhr. The Pittsburgh Pirates Encyclopedia says that his RBI total remains the highest for a catcher in franchise history (book published around 2002). He was not only good with the bat: in 128 games as a catcher, he did not allow a single passed ball. This is the most games ever for a catcher without a passed ball to his name, beating out Hall of Famers Bill Dickey (125 games) and Johnny Bench (121).

He played for Dallas in 1931 before coming to the majors. The book The Human Tradition in the New South says that he and Dizzy Dean (pitching for Houston at the time) got into a brawl during which Todd decked him twice. Previously, he was with Bloomington in 1930. Much later, he played for Montreal in 1945.

The book Branch Rickey says that Al Todd headed up the new Western Carolina League in 1960, and that Todd was an old friend of Rickey.

Scouted for the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, and New York Yankees, retiring in 1963.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1944 Elmira Pioneers Eastern League 58-80 6th Philadelphia A's
1946 Mobile Bears Southern Association 75-78 6th Brooklyn Dodgers
1947 Mobile Bears Southern Association 94-59 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1948 Mobile Bears Southern Association 75-75 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1949 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 65-88 7th Chicago White Sox
1950 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 81-70 4th Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
1951 Des Moines Bruins Western League 73-78 5th Chicago Cubs
1953 Duluth Dukes Northern League 73-52 2nd none Lost League Finals

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