Richard Carleton “Dick” Hoblitzell (1888-1962) was rookie pitcher, Babe Ruth’s, roommate when he was sold to the Boston Red Sox in 1914. Hoblitzell, nicknamed Doc by his teammates, played 11 seasons for the Cincinnati Reds (1908-1914) and Boston Red Sox (1914-1918). Dick played first base for the 1915 and 1916 World Series champion Red Sox team, batting .273 in 10 games adding nine hits and driving in three. In 1910 and 1911, Hoblitzell led the National League in at-bats and games played in 1911. Dick Hoblitzell retired with a .278 career batting average with 1,310 hits, 591 runs, 173 stolen bases and 593 RBI. His career was cut short due to his induction into the US Army in 1918 during World War I as a dentist. When he returned from war he practiced dentistry and spent some time in the minor leagues as a player and a manager, retiring in 1931.
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