Lou Polchow

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Lou Polchow
Born: (1880-03-14)March 14, 1880
Mankato, Minnesota
Died: August 15, 1912(1912-08-15) (aged 32)
Good Thunder, Minnesota
Batted: Unknown Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
September 14, 1902, for the Cleveland Bronchos
Last MLB appearance
September 14, 1902, for the Cleveland Bronchos
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 0–1
Earned run average 5.63
Strikeouts 2

Louis William Polchow (March 14, 1880 – August 15, 1912) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched for the Cleveland Bronchos in 1902. Polchow stood at 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m).[1]


Louis Polchow was born in Mankato, Minnesota.[1] He started his professional baseball career in 1900, at the age of 20, in the Western League. During the next two seasons, Polchow pitched for the Evansville River Rats of the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League.[2] He was acquired by the Cleveland Bronchos in late 1902 and made one start for them. Polchow allowed five earned runs in eight innings and took the loss; that was his only experience in the major leagues.[1]

Polchow played in several minor leagues after 1902. After stops in the Southern Association and South Atlantic League, he stayed in the New York State League from 1906 to 1910 as a starting pitcher.[2] In 1908, he went 12–11 for the Utica Pent-Ups. Polchow went just 8–16 in 1910, however, and retired from organized baseball. He had a career minor league record of 58–73.[2]

Polchow died of Bright's disease in 1912.[3] He is still the only person born in Mankato, Minnesota, to ever play in Major League Baseball.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Lou Polchow Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  2. ^ a b c "Lou Polchow Minor League Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  3. ^ "Too Young To Die". thedeadballera.com. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  4. ^ "Major League Baseball Players Born in Minnesota". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2010-12-17.

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