Norman Arthur Elberfeld
(The Tabasco Kid)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 7", Weight 158 lb.
- Debut May 30, 1898
- Final Game September 24, 1914
- Born April 13, 1875 in Pomeroy, OH USA
- Died January 13, 1944 in Chattanooga, TN USA
" ... one of the greatest managers in Southern Association history ... Elberfeld ... was noted throughout his long baseball career for his brainy and fiery play." - from a United Press report shortly before his death in 1944
Infielder Kid Elberfeld played 14 seasons in the big leagues, mostly with the new American League, and managed the 1908 New York Highlanders for 98 games. He was proficient at the art of getting hit by the pitch, ranking # 15 on the all-time list (through 2010). He also played and managed many years in the minors.
Although he stood only 5 ' 7 " tall, he was famous for his temper.
Books about Casey Stengel say that when Elberfeld was a veteran and Stengel was a young player, the two became close friends. Elberfeld gave Stengel useful information on how to be a successful ballplayer.
His obituary in the New York Times states that he bought an orchard near Chattanooga, TN early in his professional career, and lived there until he died. His children were all athletically talented, with his girls forming a basketball team called the "Elberfeld Girls" which toured the South for many years.
One of his relatives has created the Kid Elberfeld website.
|New York Yankees Manager
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
- Hits, most in a game with all of team's hits, 4, 8/1/03 (tied)