Carl Zamloch

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Carl Zamloch
Carl Zamloch
Born: (1889-10-06)October 6, 1889
Oakland, California
Died: August 19, 1963(1963-08-19) (aged 73)
Santa Barbara, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 7, 1913 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
July 9, 1913 for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Earned run average 2.45
Win–loss record 1-6
Strikeouts 28

Carl Eugene Zamloch (October 6, 1889 – August 19, 1963) was a Major League Baseball pitcher, professional magician, and head coach of the University of California baseball and soccer teams.

Major league pitcher (1913)[edit]

Born in Oakland, California, Zamloch played for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, pitching five years in the PCL. His one season in the major leagues was in 1913 with the Detroit Tigers. A right-handed pitcher, Zamloch played in 17 games for the Tigers, with a 1–6 record in 69-2/3 innings pitched. Though his win–loss record was unimpressive, Zamloch had a solid ERA of 2.45, and an Adjusted ERA+ of 119. He was also among the league leaders in 1913 with 11 games finished.

Career statistics

1 6 17 5 3 0 11 1 69-2/3 23 28 2.46 119

Coach at the University of California (1916–1931)[edit]

From 1916 to 1928, Zamloch was the head baseball coach at the University of California.[1] The Bears had a record of 146–91–7 during Zamloch's 13 seasons as head coach.[2]

Carl Zamloch, Detroit Tigers, 1913
Season Team Overall Conference Standing

California (1916–1929)
1916 California 11-11-2 no
1917 California 12-8-1 no
1919 California 7-5-0 no
1920 California 22-10-1 no
1921 California 10-8-1 no
1922 California 12-6-1 no
1923 California 12-7-1 no
1924 California 13-11-0 no
1925 California 11-2-0 no
1926 California 8-6-0 no
1927 California 4-9-0 5th no
1928 California 8-4-0 2nd no
1929 California 16-7-0 1st no
California: 146-91-7
Total: 146-91-7

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

He was also the coach of the California Golden Bears' soccer tearm from 1925 to 1931, and during Zamloch's time as head coach, the soccer team had a record of 34–17–7. [5]

The Oakland Oaks[edit]

In 1929, Zamloch acquired a minority interest in the Oakland Oaks baseball team in the Pacific Coast League. He also served as the Oaks' manager from 1930 to 1932.

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1930 91–103 5th Carl Zamloch none
1931 86–101 5th (t) Carl Zamloch
1932 80–107 7th Carl Zamloch none

According to a history of the Oakland Oaks, the team abolished the salaries of all team officers in 1932 due to financial hardship. Zamloch won a lawsuit against the club when it stopped payments on his $10,000 salary.[3]

There is some indication that Zamloch may have also managed the Twin Falls Bruins in the Utah Idaho League in 1926.

Baseball scout[edit]

Zamloch also scouted for the Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians, signing Bob Loane and Mike McCormick.

Professional magician[edit]

Zamloch also worked as a magician for many years. In the off-season, he toured the country performing a magic act. His father was Anton Zamloch, who was one of the most famous magicians (performing under the name "Zamloch the Great" and "Professor Zamloch") in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century.[4][5][6]

In 1937, Carl Zamloch published a book, "17 Simple but Mystifying Tricks to Entertain Your Friends," under the pseudonym "The Great Zam." The book was a pamphlet published by Signal Oil Co. as a premium.[7] Carl Zamloch is credited by magicians today with inventing tricks, including the "Card on the Ceiling" trick, that are still in use today.[8][9]

Zamloch reportedly was adept at using "a bit of magic" to attract prospects like McCormick. Zamloch was "a master of the sleight of hand, an actual magician who could eat glass, swallow fire, and perform a host of magic tricks." (The 1940 Cincinnati Reds, by Brian Mulligan, p. 102)[10] He performed these tricks for young players, which served as an ice-breaker to a conversation about the player's future.

A biography of baseball player (and amateur magician) Joe Abreu reports that he first became interested in magic when Carl Zamloch put on a magic show at McClymond’s High School in 1932. "Abreu was hooked and a few years later went to see Zamloch to learn more skills as a magician."[11]

In 1946, The Sporting News reported: "Carl Zamloch, former pitcher, and a son of the famed magician, Herman the Great, afforded delegates to the convention occasional entertainment with his card tricks and sleight-of-hand stuff."[12]

In his later years, he worked as a sales executive and legislative consultant for the Signal Oil and Gas Company. He died of a stroke at the age of 73 in Santa Barbara, California, in 1963. He is buried at Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito, California.


  1. ^ "The Centennial of The University of California, 1868-1968". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  2. ^ "California History | California Golden Bears". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Carl Zamloch". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Broadside; Event, Magic, 1905, Zamloch, 23 inch.". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ Steve Brooks. "The Magic Cafe Forums - Post Reply". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  9. ^ Steve Brooks. "The Magic Cafe Forums - Card on Ceiling history.". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  10. ^ Mulligan, B. (2005). The 1940 Cincinnati Reds: A World Championship and Baseball's Only In-Season Suicide. McFarland & Company. p. 101. ISBN 9780786420902. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  11. ^ [4]
  12. ^ The Sporting News," December 11, 1946 p. 28

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