Lou Rochelli

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Louis Joseph Rochelli

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Illinois native Lou Rochelli spent nineteen seasons in professional baseball from 1939 through 1958. The infielder spent all of those seasons in the minor leagues with the exception of a short time in the major leagues with the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers. He made a short five game appearance with the Dodgers from August 25, 1944 to August 29. He played in five games at the second base position, had 17 at-bats and 2 base-hits for a .176 batting average. This was the sum-total for Lou in the big leagues.

Rochelli was inducted into the armed forces after the 1944 season and spent the 1945 season serving with the United States Navy during World War II. He was back for the 1946 year and had a split season with the Mobile Bears of the Southern Association and the St. Paul Saints of the American Association, where he appeared in 107 games and hit at a .241 clip. During spring training of 1946 it was Rochelli who, despite nominally being the incumbent AAA 2nd baseman, taught Jackie Robinson how to make the double play pivot at second. Robinson had previously only played shortstop and some outfield.

During Lou's minor league career he hit over the .300 mark in three seasons, the first came in 1940 when he hit .333 with 13 home runs and the other two came in 1954 and 1955, hitting .309 and .306 respecfully. His minor league stats show that he appeared in 1,431 games and hit for a .268 minor league average.

Rochelli also spent twelve seasons as a player-manager from 1947 through 1958, winning the league title and play-off championship with the Victoria Rosebuds of the class B Big State League in 1957. Lou's teams came up, over his 12 year managerial reign, with 848 wins and 763 losses for a .526 winning percentage, in 1611 games.

Lou moved to Victoria, TX in 1957 when he managed the minor league team there. After baseball he worked for Radio Shack in Victoria until his death on October 22, 1992. Louis Joseph Rochelli was 73 years of age.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1947 Trois-Rivières Royals Canadian-American League 65-69 6th Brooklyn Dodgers
1948 Valdosta Dodgers Georgia-Florida League 81-58 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1949 Danville Dodgers Three-I League 55-70 7th Brooklyn Dodgers
1950 Greenwood Dodgers Cotton States League 69-69 5th Brooklyn Dodgers
1951 Greenwood Dodgers Cotton States League 83-57 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1952 Great Falls Electrics Pioneer League 67-64 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1953 Great Falls Electrics Pioneer League 77-54 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1954 Great Falls Electrics Pioneer League 70-62 4th Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1955 Great Falls Electrics Pioneer League 74-58 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1956 Great Falls Electrics Pioneer League 64-68 6th Brooklyn Dodgers none
1957 Victoria Rosebuds Big State League 75-49 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1958 Victoria Rosebuds Texas League 68-85 8th Los Angeles Dodgers

Related Sites[edit]

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