Charlie Shaffer

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Charles A. Shaffer
also listed as Schaffer or Schaeffer

  • Bats Right Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9" Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Charles Shaffer played in the minors from 1892 to 1910, missing a few years in-between, although his statistical record is incomplete. He was primarily a first baseman. After his playing days, he was a manager and umpire.

Shaffer debuted in 1892 with the Altoona Mountaineers, hitting .302 with 32 steals and 15 doubles. He led the Pennsylvania State League with 104 hits, was second to Heinie Kappel in steals and was third in doubles (behind Jake Drauby and Scoops Carey), while placing in the top 10 in average. He was at .291 with a .360 slugging for the 1893 Harrisburg Senators. In 1894, he was with the Peoria Distillers. In 1895, he hit .302 with 9 triples for the Omaha Omahogs/Denver/Dubuque club. In 1896, Shaffer played for the Houston Magnolias and also managed them for part of the year. In 1897, after playing for two Atlantic League clubs, for whom he hit a combined .225 with 21 steals, he replaced George Reed as manager at Houston where he finished out the season. He split 1898 between the Allentown Peanuts and Cortland. In '99, he was with the Cedar Rapids Bunnies (.315, 15 SB, 29 R in 35 G) and Youngstown Little Giants. BR Minors does not list his 1900 whereabouts (as of 2023). In 1901, he hit .270 for the Rockford Red Sox. He was at .293 for the '02 Helena Senators, finishing in the Pacific Northwest League top 10 in average and hits (136). He hit .225 for the 1903 Portland Browns and .305 that year for the Butte Miners. He tied George Treadway for 7th in the Pacific Northwest League with 31 doubles. In '04, he batted .346 and slugged .441 between two Pacific Northwest clubs, with 33 doubles and 6 triples. He tied Dad Clark and Lefty Houtz for the league lead in doubles, was second with 186 hits (two behind Farmer Weaver) and was in the top 10 in average. His whereabouts for 1905 are unknown.

Shaffer hit .260 as player-manager for the 1906 Richmond Colts. He held the same role for part of 1907 (batting .270) and also played 42 games for the Seattle Siwashes, hitting .213 with a .252 slugging percentage. In 1908, the veteran managed the Roanoke Tigers. He was only 11 for 86 with a double for the 1909 La Crosse Outcasts, spending the rest of the year as player-manager of the Davenport Prodigals (hitting only .208/?/.243 in 109 games). He remained with Davenport in 1910, going 10 for 54 to end his playing career.

He also guided the St. Joseph Drummers in 1911 and Norfolk Tars in 1912 and 1913. From 1914 to 1924, he umpired in various minor leagues.

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1896 Houston Magnolias Texas-Southern League 1st League Champs Replaced Carson
Houston Buffaloes Texas Association 1st League Champs Replaced W.G. Garson
1897 Houston Buffaloes Texas League NA Replaced George Reed;
Team disbanded August 13
1905 Savannah Pathfinders South Atlantic League -- none Replaced by Bill Hallman
1906 Richmond Colts Virginia League 57-54 3rd none
1907 Richmond Colts Virginia League -- none Replaced by John Wells
1908 Roanoke Tigers Virginia League -- none Replaced by Elmore Hines in July
1909 Davenport Prodigals Three-I League 77-59 3rd none
1910 Davenport Prodigals Three-I League 77-59 7th none
1911 St. Joseph Drummers Western League 2nd none Replaced Jack Holland
1912 Norfolk Tars Virginia League 67-65 5th none
1913 Norfolk Tars Virginia League -- none Replaced by George Kirscher


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