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 1923 Pirates as a teammate of Pie Traynor, who hit .338 that year. With the 1929 Chicago Cubs, 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, 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 1952, 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
Bob Scheffing
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Lou Boudreau
Preceded by
Tommy Holmes
Boston-Milwaukee Braves Manager
Succeeded by
Fred Haney

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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