A Baseball Ed Hock and a Vintage Ball Ad Hoc

Ed-Hock

Ed Hock, 3B-OF Houston Buffs 1927-1933

ED HOCK – A BASEBALL MAN

Former Houston Buffs third baseman (1927-33) Ed Hock (5’10”, 165 lbs.) played long enough earlier in the big leagues (Cardinals, 1920) and (Reds, 1923-24) to go 1 for 10 with only a measly single to show for his bat at the highest level of a limited opportunity. On the minor league level, however, Hock would rack up 3,424 hits in a 22-year career (1921-42) that found him anchoring 3rd base for both the 1928 and 1931 Texas League Champion Houston Buffs in both 1928 and 1931, the latter year teaming with future Cardinal greats Dizzy Dean and Joe Medwick. Ironically, Houston’s lesser publicized as talented 1928 Buffs, the first residents of the new Buff Stadium, would also win Houston’s first Dixie Series Championship, whereas, the neophyte “Gas House Gang” core of the 1931 Buffs would fail to do so.

We didn’t have much time this weekend because of an all weekend, 19-classroom hour continuing education seminar that is connected to my “day job” at The Daily Planet. It has temporarily depleted most of the Eagle’s time and energy, but we hope you enjoy these two links submitted over the weekend by our real-time good friend and regular Pecan Park Eagle contributor, the always amazing Darrell Pittman.

Darrell Pittman "The Texas Bulldog of Baseball Research"

Darrell Pittman
“The Texas Bulldog of Baseball Research”

The first link provides us with a wonderful now fifty-two year old perspective on Ed Hock from the May 29, 1964 Victoria (TX) Advocate, a tale which also covers an unassisted triple play that Ed Hock had performed 27 years earlier than the article in 1927:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=gM1NAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3koDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6439%2C3436188

The other link is to the Baseball reference site page on Ed Hock. This one also contains the only photo we have of the man, the one we are using here:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=hock–001edw

There is another aspect to Ed Hock that cries out for deeper coverage at another time. – Baseball Reference shows Hock as a rare “left-handed” 3rd baseman-outfielder. – How did that happen? – And how well could that have worked for quick throws to 1st base on bunt plays? – Either “B-R” has made a rare reporting error here (which is doubtful) or there’s a great story on this angle out there that is just waiting to be told in greater detail and more loudly. – If you know anything about this aspect, please leave a comment or reference to anything you’ve read elsewhere on this subject.

Thanks again, Darrell! ~ And have a great Sunday evening, everybody!

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 AD HOC ~ A VINTAGE BALL SCRIMMAGE

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The Vintage Base Ball seed is growing in the Greater Houston Area. Yesterday in Katy, Texas the veteran Houston Babies, managed by Bob Dorrill; the newbie Barker Red Sox, managed by Bob Copus; the newbie Motor City Strikers, managed by Bob Blair; and the veteran Katy Combine, managed by Dave and/or Tom (C’mon, Man! What about Bob Flores? Don’t you have a Bob Flores in the family?) Flores all got together with some to a gob of their players to hold a hold stove league scrimmage at Katy City Park yesterday, January 30, 2016, on one of the most beautiful days we’ve had in this town for months.

The Pecan Park Eagle couldn’t be there to both report and join in the fun this time due to the CEU seminar, but we know our boys pretty well as all out games. We know they made the most of the joy they found on green grass under blue skies on a perfect weather day.

Who are these guys?

Only two team uniforms are discernible in the photo and my eyes are too challenged to name everyone in the photo. Bob Copus is the only Red Sox player I know, but I do think he’s the tall and slim fellow in the front row (4th guy from the right. just after the 3 guys in “H” shirts.) And those three guys on the front row with the “H” on their jerseys are, from the far right end, moving in, ~ Phil Holland, Bob Stevens, and the ever friendly and always lovable Babies mentor, Bob Dorrill.

Am I right?As your eyes move left from the guy I’m thinking is Bob Copus, I do see a guy wearing a New York Knights jersey in the front row. Must be Roy Hobbs. I wasn’t sure if he was even still above ground, but I guess so. After all. Pictures don’t lie, do they? And I’m betting my Adobe hat for sure that this one doesn’t!

The gang was also supposed to have a small group of observers from Sealy, Texas driving over to observe and maybe even join in the scrimmage. Not sure how that worked out, but we hope they made it. Our whole “Gang of Four” Houston area clubs is planning on playing at the Sealy, Texas Spring Festival this coming April and we are hoping they will be able to get up and running with us in the tourney with a team of their own.

If you have any interest in playing vintage base ball by 1860s rules (with no gloves), or if you would like to sponsor or put together your own team in the fastest growing new/old sport in our part of Southeast Texas, we encourage you to reach out to Bob Dorrill to talk over your options for getting started.

If there is sufficient interest and growth in and around Houston, our plans include organizing our administrative body as “The Texas Vintage Base Ball Union” and making league play a possibility in the near future. We already play one pre-game contest every year at the home of the Sugar Land Skeeters, Constellation Field in Sugar Land.

Come join us.Vintage Base Ball is the greatest fun will have had with baseball since the sandlot days of your childhood.

Here’s the e-mail address for Bob Dorrill, again, you contact for more information.

bdorrill@aol.com

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2 Responses to “A Baseball Ed Hock and a Vintage Ball Ad Hoc”

  1. Cliff Blau Says:

    Hock was listed as a lefty thrower on the 1924 Cincinnati roster.

  2. bobcopus Says:

    That is me Bill…4th from the right in the Red Sox uniform. It was a great day.

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