John Bernard “Hans” Lobert (1881-1968) once raced a thoroughbred racehorse around the bases in a publicity stunt as was widely considered the fastest player in the Major Leagues of his time. Two other times, he was also pitted against Olympian and Hall of Fame football player Jim Thorpe and collegiate track star Vince Carter. Lobert played the left side of the infield for 14 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1903), the Chicago Cubs (1905), the Cincinnati Reds (1906-1910), the Philadelphia Phillies (1911-1914) and the New York Giants (1915-1917). “Hans Number 2”, as dubbed by Honus Wagner (Hans Number 1), was not only a threat on the base paths as he stole 30 or more bases seven times, but also hit above the .300-mark four times. His speed was an asset to his team, nonetheless, as Lobert stole home six times for Philadelphia, placing him second all-time in Phillies history, and on September 27, 1908, he stole second, third and home as a Cincinnati Red against the St. Louis Cardinals. Hans Lobert finished his career with a .274 career batting average, 1,252 hits, 640 runs scored, 482 RBI and 316 stolen bases. After his playing days, Lobert spent time as a coach and in 1942 became the youngest manager, to date, in Major League history at age 60. He compiled a 42-111 record as the interim skipper that year.
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