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July 15 – Happy Birthday Bubbles Hargrave

hargraveBubbles and his brother Pinky made careers out of back-up catching. His real first name was Eugene and he was four years older than Pinky. He played in 852 big league games in a career that spanned a dozen seasons, most of them in Cincinnati. For a part-time player, Bubbles could really handle the bat. In fact, he won the NL batting title in 1926 with a .353 average back when all a hitter had to do to qualify was appear in 100 games (Bubble had 115 hits in just 326 at bats that season.) He retired with a very noteworthy .310 lifetime batting average. The Reds let him go after the 1928 season and he spent all of 1929 catching for a double A franchise in St Paul, MN. In 1930, the Yankees signed him to back up their young catching phee-nom, Bill Dickey. Hargrave appeared in 45 games that season for New York, hitting .278. He then caught for a few more years in the minors before hanging his tools of ignorance up for good. He was born on July 15, 1892 in New Haven, IN. He died in 1969 in his adopted hometown of Cincinnati.

He shares his birthday with this former Yankee outfielder and this long-ago 1902 Oriole first baseman, who both committed suicide.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1930 NYY 45 121 108 11 30 7 0 0 12 0 10 9 .278 .339 .343 .682
12 Yrs 852 2852 2533 314 786 155 58 29 376 29 217 165 .310 .372 .452 .824
CIN (8 yrs) 766 2671 2367 298 744 146 57 29 359 27 206 147 .314 .377 .461 .838
CHC (3 yrs) 41 60 58 5 12 2 1 0 5 2 1 9 .207 .220 .276 .496
NYY (1 yr) 45 121 108 11 30 7 0 0 12 0 10 9 .278 .339 .343 .682
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/15/2013.