Don Lenhardt

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Don Lenhardt
Don Lenhardt 1953.jpg
Lenhardt during his second stint with the Browns (1952–53)
Outfielder/first baseman/third baseman
Born: (1922-10-04)October 4, 1922
Alton, Illinois
Died: July 9, 2014(2014-07-09) (aged 91)
Chesterfield, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1950, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1954, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.271
Home runs61
Runs batted in239

Donald Eugene Lenhardt (October 4, 1922 – July 9, 2014) was an American outfielder, first baseman, third baseman, scout and coach in American Major League Baseball. In his playing days, he stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall, weighed 195 pounds (88 kg), and threw and batted right-handed. He was nicknamed "Footsie" by teammates because he often had difficulty finding shoes that fit him properly.[1]

Lenhardt was born in Alton, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois and Washington University in St. Louis, and served in the United States Navy, before joining the St. Louis Browns' farm system in 1946, signed by scout Lou Maguolo.[2] Lenhardt led the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League in home runs in 1948 and was promoted to the major league parent club Browns at the start of the 1950 season at age 27.

Much traveled (and frequently traded), he would play in the American League for five seasons (1950–54) for the Browns (twice), Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox (twice), Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles, where as a transplanted St. Louis Brown he was a member of the first modern Baltimore MLB team in 1954. In 481 games, he batted .271 with 401 hits, 64 doubles, nine triples, 61 home runs and 239 runs batted in. His best season was his rookie campaign, for the 1950 Browns, for whom he reached career highs in homers (22) and RBI (81).

After finishing his playing career with Boston farm clubs in 1955–56, Lenhardt became a Midwest-area scout for the Red Sox for over four decades, interrupting that tenure only to serve as first-base coach on Eddie Kasko's staff in Boston from 1970 to 1973. He retired from the Red Sox in 2004, and died at age 91 on July 9, 2014.[3]


  1. ^ The Sporting News Baseball Register, 1970 edition
  2. ^ "Lou Maguolo". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  3. ^ Red Sox mourn the passing of Don Lenhardt

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Preceded by
Bobby Doerr
Boston Red Sox first-base coach
Succeeded by
Eddie Popowski