Born: October 5, 1925|
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: April 5, 1994 (aged 68)|
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Last MLB appearance
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Career highlights and awards
Robert George Hofman (October 5, 1925 – April 5, 1994) was an American infielder, catcher and coach in Major League Baseball. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Hofman threw and batted right-handed, and stood 5'11" (180 cm) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).
Life and career
Hofman's seven-year MLB playing career (1949; 1952–57) was spent entirely with the New York Giants. After a 19-game trial with them in
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Obituary, from The Dead Ball Era