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
MLB statistics
Batting average .304
Home runs 3
Hits 894

Charles Jacob "Charlie" Hollocher (June 11, 1896 – August 14, 1940) was a professional baseball player who was a shortstop in Major League Baseball.


Born in St. Louis, Hollocher was a shortstop for the Chicago Cubs from 1918 to 1924. His cousin Bob Klinger was also a Major League Baseball player.[1]

Hollocher 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.[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ Nowlin, Bill. "Bob Klinger". SABR. Retrieved 12 Oct 2016. 
  2. ^ "Strikeout Records for Hitters". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Deveney, Sean. The Original Curse, McGraw-Hill, 2010, pp. 144–145

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