Otto Knabe

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Otto Knabe
Second baseman
Born: (1884-06-12)June 12, 1884
Carrick, Pennsylvania
Died: May 17, 1961(1961-05-17) (aged 76)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
October 3, 1905, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1916, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Games played 1278
Hits 1103
Batting average .247

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards
  • Led the National League in Sacrifice Hits 4 times (1907–08, 1910 and 1913).
  • Philadelphia Phillies Career Leader in Sacrifice Hits (216).

Franz Otto Knabe (June 12, 1884 – May 17, 1961), also known as "Dutch", was an American Major league second baseman from Carrick, Pennsylvania, who played for four different teams.[1] Knabe received MVP votes in three-straight seasons, 1911-1913, as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and during his time with the Phillies, he led the National League in sacrifice hits.[2] He was the player-manager for the only two season the Baltimore Terrapins and the Federal League were in existence.[3]

Knabe twice received a single vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame, once in 1939, and the other in 1942.[4] He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was interred at New Cathedral Cemetery.[5]

Otto Knabe and Erksine Mayer (right), 1913

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