Butch Hobson

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Clell Lavern Hobson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Butch Hobson played eight years in the big leagues, mostly with the Boston Red Sox, and managed for three. He once hit 30 home runs in a season and another time hit 28. He was also known as a terrible fielder at third base, posting a fielding percentage of .899 in 1978 thanks to a whopping 43 errors, most of them on wild throws. He was the last player to field below .900 in over 100 games until Ryan Braun fielded .895 with the 2007 Milwaukee Brewers. He also led the American League in strikeouts in 1977 with 162, a result of his all-or-nothing approach at the plate.

In 1989, Hobson played for the Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. Hobson batted .223 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI in 48 games.

Hobson is the son of Clell Hobson Sr., a minor league infielder from 1953 to 1957. Butch's son, K.C. Hobson, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a 6th round pick in the 2009 amateur draft.

He managed the New Britain Red Sox in 1989-1990 and the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1991. Butch was the manager of the Red Sox from 1992 through 1994; the Red Sox posted a .472 winning percentage under his command. In 1996, after a stint as manager of the independent Mobile BaySharks, he was arrested for possession of cocaine while manager of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. He was immediately fired and only found his next job in professional baseball in 1999. Hobson bounced back, though, and in 2000, became manager of the independent Nashua Pride, staying until 2007, then later moved on to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and the Lancaster Barnstormers from 2011-2016.

In 2017, he got back into organized baseball as manager of the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League, but the next year, he was back in the indy leagues, staying in the Chicago, IL area as skipper of the newly-formed Chicago Dogs. He got into the news in mid-August, when, displeased over a checked swing call in a game against the Sioux City Explorers, he was ejected. Instead of leaving the ballpark, though, he grabbed his player's bat and pretended to hit a home run and then circled the bases as the fans cheered. Two weeks earlier, in another meltdown, he had torn the third base bag off its moorings and handed it over to a fan.

Hobson also played college football under legendary coach Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1977 & 1979)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1977)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1977)

Preceded by
Joe Morgan
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Kevin Kennedy

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1987 Columbia Mets South Atlantic League 64-75 10th New York Mets
1988 Columbia Mets South Atlantic League 74-63 5th New York Mets
1989 New Britain Red Sox Eastern League 60-76 8th Boston Red Sox
1990 New Britain Red Sox Eastern League 72-67 4th Boston Red Sox Lost League Finals
1991 Pawtucket Red Sox International League 79-64 2nd Boston Red Sox Lost League Finals
1992 Boston Red Sox American League 73-89 7th Boston Red Sox
1993 Boston Red Sox American League 80-82 5th Boston Red Sox
1994 Boston Red Sox American League 54-61 4th Boston Red Sox
1995 Mobile BaySharks Texas-Louisiana League 40-59 Independent Leagues
1996 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons International League 13-14 -- Philadelphia Phillies replaced by Ramon Aviles on May 7
1999 Sarasota Red Sox Florida State League 67-72 9th Boston Red Sox
2000 Nashua Pride Atlantic League 82-58 1st (t) Independent Leagues League Champs
2001 Nashua Pride Atlantic League 68-58 3rd Independent Leagues
2002 Nashua Pride Atlantic League 54-71 7th Independent Leagues
2003 Nashua Pride Atlantic League 71-55 3rd Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2004 Nashua Pride Atlantic League 65-61 5th (t) Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2005 Nashua Pride Atlantic League 77-63 4th Independent Leagues
2006 Nashua Pride Can-Am Association 40-48 7th Independent Leagues
2007 Nashua Pride Can-Am Association 50-43 3rd Independent Leagues League Champs
2008 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic League 74-66 1st (t) Independent Leagues
2009 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic League 79-61 2nd Independent Leagues Lost league Finals
2010 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic League 82-57 2nd Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2011 Lancaster Barnstormers Atlantic League 69-56 3rd Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2012 Lancaster Barnstormers Atlantic League 88-52 1st Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2013 Lancaster Barnstormers Atlantic League 72-67 3rd Independent Leagues
2014 Lancaster Barnstormers Atlantic League 81-59 2nd Independent Leagues League Champs
2015 Lancaster Barnstormers Atlantic League 75-65 3rd Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2016 Lancaster Barnstormers Atlantic League -- Independent Leagues Replaced by Rich Rundles (interim)
2017 Kane County Cougars Midwest League 72-65 5th (t) Arizona Diamondbacks Lost in 1st round
2018 Chicago Dogs American Association 45-54 6th Independent Leagues
2019 Chicago Dogs American Association 59-41 3rd Independent Leagues
Minor League
28 Years 1,839-1,663 3 League Championships

Further Reading[edit]

  • Andrew Blume: "Butch Hobson", in Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan, ed.: '75:The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 164-168. ISBN 978-1-933599-97-7

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