100 Greatest Phillies

100 Greatest Phillies: 83 – Hans Lobert

Hans Lobert
Third Baseman
1911-1914

Career w/Phillies: .292 AVG / 19 HR / 212 RBI / 125 SB

John Bernard Lobert was nicknamed “Hans” because of his German origins. Another “Hans,” Honus Wagner, nicknamed Lobert “Hans Number Two.” Being second behind Wagner is nothing to sneeze at, however, Lobert never came close to possessing the kind of skill that made Wagner a no-doubt Hall of Famer. The local boy (born in Wilmington) played for the Phils between 1911 and 1914, becoming a coach in 1934 and manager in 1942. He wasn’t a really great manager (42-111) but was a really fast guy. He stole 125 bases in his four seasons in Philly, maxing out at 41 in 1913. He was also devilishly hard to strike out, finishing in the top 10 in K/AB four times.

Comment: A pretty underrated player during the early days of baseball, Lobert was a steady speedster with some pop. He rates well with a guy like Dave Cash, just below him on the list.

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