Charlie Hollocher

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Charlie Hollocher
Born: (1896-06-11)June 11, 1896
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: August 14, 1940(1940-08-14) (aged 44)
Frontenac, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1918 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
August 20, 1924 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Batting average .304
Home runs 3
Hits 894

Charlie Hollocher (June 11, 1896 – August 14, 1940), also spelled "Charley" and nicknamed "Holly", was born Charles Jacob Hollocher in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a shortstop for the Chicago Cubs from 1918 to 1924.

He helped the Cubs win the National League pennant in 1918. (In that year the professional baseball season was prematurely curtailed due to World War I.) That season he led the National League in games (131), at bats (509), hits (161), total bases (202), singles (130) and runs created (76, although this statistic was a retroactive metric).

In 1922 he led the National League in at bats per strikeout (118.4), which to this day remains the Cubs' single season record. His five strikeouts for the entire season remains the National League record by a player with a minimum of 150 games.[1]

Hollocher left the Cubs in August 1923 due to depression, apparently linked to an undiagnosed intestinal disorder. He tried a comeback in 1924, but was unable to complete the season.

He killed himself in Frontenac, Missouri, on August 14, 1940, when he shot himself in the throat. He had suffered from depression most of his adult life.[2]


  1. ^ "Strikeout Records: Single Season Records (150 Games Played Minimum)". Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Deveney, Sean. The Original Curse, McGraw-Hill, 2010, pp. 144–145