More of a minor blip in Red Sox history than anything else, Fred Hofmann was the Red Sox’ backstop between 1927-1928. Born June 10, 1894, Hoffmann was a player, manager, and scout in the MLB during his baseball career.
For Hofmann it all began on the schoolyard in St. Louis Missouri where he first began to play during grade school. He was quickly called up to the minors where he served as a catcher and manager, playing for the Cedar Rapids of the Central Association in 1915. His baseball career did not go uninterrupted though as he was called to the US Navy during WWI to serve from 1918-1919, but when he returned to American spoil his career really took off.
Hofmann broke into the MLB with the Yankees, playing for some very successful teams that stole the AL pennant from 1921-1923, even appearing in the 1923 World Series as a pinch hitter. His best, and longest, season came in 1923 when he batted .290 over 72 games played.
During the 1925 season though the Yankees lost faith in Hofmann sending him down to the minors, only to be picked up by the Sox where he batted .272 in 1927 over 87 games played, but a disappointing .226 in 1928. Check out his full stats here:
Hofmann retired after 1928 and ended his career with a .247 average alongside seven career home runs and 93 RBIs. Hofmann passed away in St. Helena CA at the age of 70 on November 19, 1964.