Lee Fohl

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Leo Alexander Fohl

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Photo-cartoon of Fohl, 1915.

While Lee Fohl was born in Ohio, his family moved to Pittsburgh when he was young and he learned to play baseball on the sandlots of the Steel City. He made his major league debut with the Pirates in 1902, catching Harvey Cushman in a 9-3 loss. He was then sold to the Des Moines Midgets of the Western League, who in turn peddled him to the Cincinnati Reds. He played his last four games in the majors that year, catching three of his five big-league appearances in a row from September 20 through September 22. After the season, he was sold to the Detroit Tigers for $1,000.

Detroit sent him back to the Western League, with Des Moines (now the Des Moines Underwriters). From there he went to Binghamton, NY and back towards home for an independent team in Homestead, PA, just south of Pittsburgh. In 1906 Fohl went to the Youngstown Ohio Works, who won the Ohio-Pennsylvania League. Fohl then played three years for the Columbus Senators, belonging a long association with that team. In 1909 he was sent to manage Columbus's Lima Cigarmakers club in his managerial debut and he led the squad to the Ohio State League pennant. In 1910, he was assigned to the Akron Champs, of the Ohio-Penn League, and led them to a pennant as well. After a brief stay in the Cleveland Indians organization, he was sold back to Columbus, who again assigned him to Akron. In 1911 and 1912 he led the team to two more pennants, giving him four in his first four seasons as a manager. He managed the 1913 Columbus Cubs.

After being player-manager of Waterbury in 1914, Fohl became a coach for the Indians. On May 5, 1915 he became the team's temporary manager but did a fine job and was given the job for good on September 22. He was succeeded by Tris Speaker on July 19, 1919. During his managerial career (up through September 10, 1922) he was evicted just once, on July 20, 1917.

Fohl was back in the big leagues in 1920 when the St. Louis Browns hired him as a coach. On January 3, 1921 they gave Fohl the managerial job, replacing Jimmy Burke. In 1922 Fohl led the Browns to their best season ever.

He piloted the 1927 Toronto Maple Leafs and the Des Moines Demons for the end of 1928 and beginning of 1929.

Source: September 10, 1922 Pittsburgh Post article by John Gruber, official scorer at Forbes Field

Preceded by
Joe Birmingham
Cleveland Indians Manager
Succeeded by
Tris Speaker
Preceded by
Jimmy Burke
St. Louis Browns Manager
Succeeded by
Jimmy Austin
Preceded by
Frank Chance
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Bill Carrigan

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1909 Lima Cigarmakers Ohio State League none League Champs
1910 Akron Champs Ohio-Pennsylvania League none League Champs
1911 Akron Champs Ohio-Pennsylvania League none replaced by Jack McCallister
1912 Akron Rubbermen Central League 59-68 8th none
1913 Columbus Cubs Inter-State League none
1914 Waterbury Contenders Eastern Association none
1915 Cleveland Indians American League 45-79 7th Cleveland Indians replaced Joe Birmingham (12-16) on May 22
1916 Cleveland Indians American League 77-77 6th Cleveland Indians
1917 Cleveland Indians American League 88-66 3rd Cleveland Indians
1918 Cleveland Indians American League 73-54 2nd Cleveland Indians
1919 Cleveland Indians American League 44-34 Cleveland Indians replaced by Tris Speaker on July 19
1921 St. Louis Browns American League 81-73 3rd St. Louis Browns
1922 St. Louis Browns American League 93-61 2nd St. Louis Browns
1923 St. Louis Browns American League 52-49 -- St. Louis Browns replaced by Jimmy Austin on August 8
1924 Boston Red Sox American League 67-87 7th Boston Red Sox
1925 Boston Red Sox American League 47-105 8th Boston Red Sox
1926 Boston Red Sox American League 46-107 8th Boston Red Sox
1927 Toronto Maple Leafs International League 42-39 -- none replaced by Bill O'Hara (47-39) on July 5
1928 Des Moines Demons Western League 8th none replaced Lute Boone and Archie Yelle
1929 Des Moines Demons Western League 24-41 -- none replaced by Claude Davenport (48-45) on June 28

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