Doc Prothro

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James Thompson Prothro

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Biographical Information[edit]

Doc Prothro got his nickname "Doc" the hard way: he graduated from the University of Tennessee Dental School, and practiced before concentrating on baseball. He also served as a dentist in the medical corps during World War I. He played five seasons in the majors and managed three years.

He was working as a dentist when discovered playing town ball, and appeared in a few games after he turned age 27 for the 1920 Washington Senators. When the Senators wanted to send him to the minors in 1921, he refused and went back to his dental practice. Eventually in 1923 he agreed to be assigned to Memphis, where he had been born, and came up for a few more games with the 1924 Senators, who won the World Series. He got more major league playing time in 1925 with the Boston Red Sox and 1926 with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting over .300 each year.

Before managing the Philadelphia Phillies, he was the manager for the Little Rock Travelers from 1935 to 1938, and was player/manager for the Memphis Chickashaws from 1928 to 1934. After the Phillies, he returned to Memphis as manager and part owner until 1947. His years with the Phillies had him at the helm of dreadful teams, that lost over 100 games each year he was there. After he left, they lost in triple figures for his successor, Hans Lobert, demonstrating that the manager had little impact on the team's performance.

Prothro's son Tommy Prothro was head coach of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams (1971-1972) and San Diego Chargers (1974-1978).

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Jimmie Wilson
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Hans Lobert

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1928 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 97-55 2nd
1929 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 88-66 4th none
1930 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 98-55 1st none League Champs
1931 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 84-69 3rd none
1932 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 101-53 1st none none League Champs
1933 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 95-58 1st none Lost League Finals
1934 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 79-72 3rd none
1935 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 78-78 6th none
1936 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 77-76 5th none
1937 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 97-55 1st Boston Red Sox League Champs
1938 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 75-76 5th Boston Red Sox
1939 Philadelphia Phillies National League 45-106 8th Philadelphia Phillies
1940 Philadelphia Phillies National League 50-103 8th Philadelphia Phillies
1941 Philadelphia Phillies National League 43-111 8th Philadelphia Phillies
1942 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 72-80 6th none
1943 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 56-81 8th none
1944 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 84-55 2nd none Lost League Finals
1945 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 68-72 5th none
1946 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 90-63 2nd none Lost League Finals
1947 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 69-85 7th none

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