Solly Hofman

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Solly Hofman
Solly Hofman+Jack Pfiester.jpg
Solly Hofman (right) with the Chicago Cubs in 1907. The player on the left is his teammate Jack Pfiester. Background building indicates this was taken at the park later known as Baker Bowl.
Born: (1882-10-29)October 29, 1882
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: March 10, 1956(1956-03-10) (aged 73)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 28, 1903, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
August 25, 1916, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .269
Home runs 19
Runs batted in 495
Solly Hofman, circa 1911.

Arthur Frederick "Solly" Hofman (born October 29, 1882 in St. Louis, Missouri; died March 10, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri) was a Major League Baseball player from 1903 to 1916. He played the majority of his 1,175 professional games in the outfield.

His nickname was "Circus Solly". Some attribute this name to a comic strip of the era, while others attribute it to spectacular catches while fielding.[1]

In the 1906 World Series, Hofman batted leadoff and played center field for the Chicago Cubs against their crosstown rivals, the Chicago White Sox. He had seven hits and three walks during the Series, batting .304.

Hofman also was the Cubs' center fielder on Oct. 14, 1908 when they defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-0 to win the 1908 World Series. He hit .316 for the Series. It was the Cubs' last championship until 2016.

He is considered by some to be the first great utility player in baseball due to his versatility.[citation needed]


He was the uncle of Bobby Hofman of the New York Giants.

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  1. ^ Dickson, Paul (1989). The Dickson Baseball Dictionary. United States: Facts on File. p. 99. ISBN 0816017417.