Charlie Grimm

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Charles John Grimm
(Lefty, Jolly Cholly)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11½", Weight 173 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

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First baseman Charlie Grimm played in the majors for two decades but is best known by many as a manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Grimm compiled a batting average of .290 during his 20 years in the majors, most of which were spent with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit .345 for the Pirates in 1923 as a teammate of Pie Traynor, who hit .338 that year. With the Cubs in 1929, he hit .389 in the World Series as a teammate of Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson, and Kiki Cuyler.

Grimm took over as Cubs skipper in 1932 from Hornsby and was a player/manager for five seasons. He led the club to World Series appearances in 1932 and 1935 before being replaced by Gabby Hartnett in 1938. He rejoined the Cubs as a coach during the 1941 season, quitting in mid-season to join Bill Veeck in managing the Milwaukee Brewers. He remained with the Brewers until he returned to Chicago as manager in 1944. In 1945, he led the team to their last World Series appearance until 2016, falling in seven games to the Detroit Tigers. He remained at the helm of the club until 1949, when he was replaced by Frankie Frisch.

Grimm managed the Dallas Eagles in 1950 before becoming skipper of the Brewers again in 1951. In 1942, Grimm became manager of the Boston Braves and remained with the club the next season, when they became the Milwaukee Braves. He was replaced by Fred Haney in 1956. He was back with the Cubs in 1960, managing the team for the first 17 games of the season, and remained a member of the Cubs coaching staff from 1961 to 1963.

Grimm was also manager of the 1960 Chicago (NL) franchise in the Arizona Instructional League.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Pennants: 3 (1932, 1935 & 1945)
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (1935)

Preceded by
Rogers Hornsby
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Gabby Hartnett
Preceded by
Jimmie Wilson
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Frankie Frisch
Preceded by
Tommy Holmes
Boston-Milwaukee Braves Manager
Succeeded by
Fred Haney
Preceded by
Bob Scheffing
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Lou Boudreau

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1932 Chicago Cubs National League 37-18 1st Chicago Cubs Lost World Series replaced Rogers Hornsby (53-46) on August 4
1933 Chicago Cubs National League 86-68 3rd Chicago Cubs
1934 Chicago Cubs National League 86-65 3rd Chicago Cubs
1935 Chicago Cubs National League 100-54 1st Chicago Cubs Lost World Series
1936 Chicago Cubs National League 87-67 3rd Chicago Cubs
1937 Chicago Cubs National League 93-61 2nd Chicago Cubs
1938 Chicago Cubs National League 45-36 -- Chicago Cubs replaced by Gabby Hartnett on July 21
1941 Milwaukee Brewers American Association 37-56 8th none replaced Bill Killefer (21-32)
1942 Milwaukee Brewers American Association 81-69 2nd none Lost in 1st round
1943 Milwaukee Brewers American Association 90-61 1st none Lost in 1st round
1944 Milwaukee Brewers American Association 11-2 -- none replaced by Casey Stengel
Chicago Cubs National League 74-69 3rd Chicago Cubs replaced Jimmie Wilson (1-9) and Roy Johnson (0-1)
on May 7
1945 Chicago Cubs National League 98-56 1st Chicago Cubs Lost World Series
1946 Chicago Cubs National League 82-71 3rd Chicago Cubs
1947 Chicago Cubs National League 69-85 6th Chicago Cubs
1948 Chicago Cubs National League 64-90 8th Chicago Cubs
1949 Chicago Cubs National League 19-31 -- Chicago Cubs replaced by Frankie Frisch on June 14
1950 Dallas Eagles Texas League 74-78 5th none
1951 Milwaukee Brewers American Association 94-57 1st Boston Braves League Champs
1952 Milwaukee Brewers American Association 24-15 -- Boston Braves replaced by Red Smith
Boston Braves National League 51-67 7th Boston Braves replaced Tommy Holmes (13-22) on June 1
1953 Milwaukee Braves National League 92-62 2nd Milwaukee Braves
1954 Milwaukee Braves National League 89-65 3rd Milwaukee Braves
1955 Milwaukee Braves National League 85-69 2nd Milwaukee Braves
1956 Milwaukee Braves National League 24-22 --- Milwaukee Braves replaced by Fred Haney on June 17
1960 Chicago Cubs National League 6-11 -- Chicago Cubs replaced by Lou Boudreau on May 5

Further Reading[edit]

  • Dan Fields: "Charlie Grimm", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Winning on the North Side: the 1929 Chicago Cubs, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 77-81. ISBN 978-1-933599-89-2
  • John C. Skipper: The Cubs Win the Pennant!: Charlie Grimm, the Billy Goat Curse, and the 1945 World Series Run, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2004.

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