Tom Loftus in 1902
|Born: November 15, 1856|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Died: August 16, 1910 (aged 53)|
|August 17, 1877, for the St. Louis Brown Stockings|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 13, 1883, for the St. Louis Browns|
Thomas Joseph Loftus (November 15, 1856 – April 16, 1910) was a manager in the American Association, the National League, and the American League. His playing career began in 1877 with the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the National League, but he only played in nine career games in 1877 and 1883 as an outfielder. His first managerial job came in 1884 with the Milwaukee Brewers of the short-lived Union Association (it only lasted one year), in which he only managed 12 games (going 8–4).
Loftus took over as manager of the Cleveland Spiders, then known as the Blues, partway through the 1888 season after Jimmy Williams resigned. In 1890, he was hired to manage the Cincinnati Reds, who had recently made the jump from the American Association to the National League. He left the game after the 1891 season, but he came back to manage the Chicago Orphans and the Washington Senators, and in each of his managerial stops, he would have part ownership of the team.
Loftus died in Dubuque, Iowa at the age of 53.
- "A New Manager". The Plain Dealer. July 14, 1888. p. 5.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- Baseball-Reference.com Manager page
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