Fritz Von Kolnitz

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Fritz Von Kolnitz
Third baseman
Born: (1893-05-20)May 20, 1893
Charleston, South Carolina
Died: March 18, 1948(1948-03-18) (aged 54)
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1914, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 17, 1916, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average .212
Hits 48
Stolen bases 5

Alfred Holmes "Fritz" Von Kolnitz (May 20, 1893 – March 18, 1948) was a Major League Baseball third baseman who played for three seasons. He played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1914 to 1915 and the Chicago White Sox in 1916.

Due to his Prussian-sounding surname, he used the name "R.H. Holmes" when first starting in 1913, due to the Anti-German sentiment that existed at the time.[1]


  1. ^ [1] "The story of Alfred Holmes "Fritz" Von Kolnitz illustrates ethnic ambivalence. Sensitive to his obviously Prussian-sounding name, he used the name "R. H. Holmes" when entering professional baseball in 1913..."

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