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Bobby Wallace

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Bobby Wallace of the St. Louis Browns at South Side Park in 1903.

Rhoderick John "Bobby" Wallace (November 4, 1873 - November 3, 1960) was a Major League Baseball pitcher, infielder, manager, umpire and scout.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wallace made his major league debut in 1894 as a starting pitcher with the Cleveland Spiders. After going 12-14 in 1895, Wallace began seeing time in the outfield as well as on the mound in 1896. In 1897 Wallace's transition to an everyday player was completed as he became the team's full-time third baseman, batted .335 and drove in 112 runs.

In 1899, Wallace moved to the St. Louis Perfectos (renamed the Cardinals in 1900) and changed position again, this time to shortstop. He once again had a solid offensive season, hitting .295 with 108 RBI and 12 home runs (second in the league). Wallace jumped teams again in 1902, when he joined the St. Louis Browns. His playing time began deteriorating a decade later and he didn't play more than 55 games in any season after 1913. He moved back to the Cardinals in 1917 and retired after the 1918 season. He retired with a .268 batting average, 1059 runs, 34 home runs, 1121 RBI and 201 stolen bases.

Wallace managed and umpired when his playing time diminished. He managed the 1911 and 1912 Cardinals and part of the 1937 Cincinnati Reds season, compiling 62 wins and 154 losses for a .287 winning percentage. Upon retiring, he also became a scout.

Wallace was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.

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