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Bobby Wallace (baseball)

Bobby Wallace
Shortstop / Pitcher / Manager / Umpire
Born: (1873-11-04)November 4, 1873
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died: November 3, 1960(1960-11-03) (aged 86)
Torrance, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 15, 1894 for the Cleveland Spiders
Last MLB appearance
September 2, 1918 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average .268
Hits 2,309
Runs batted in 1,121

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


Wallace was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He made his major league debut in

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His playing time began decreasing a decade later, with his last season as a regular coming in

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Wallace was generally recognized as the AL's best shortstop from 1902 to 1911, when he served briefly as Browns player-manager.

He played for 24 seasons, and holds the record for the longest career by a player who never played in a World Series.

When his playing time diminished, Wallace managed and umpired. He managed the St. Louis Browns in

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Wallace was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in

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