Lenhardt in about 1953.
|Outfielder/first baseman/third baseman|
October 4, 1922|
Died: July 9, 2014
|April 18, 1950, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 25, 1954, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||239|
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.
Lenhardt 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. He led the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League in home runs in 1948 and earned a Major League job with the 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 (1950–1954) 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).
He was signed by scout Lou Maguolo.
After finishing his playing career with Boston farm clubs in 1955–1956, 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 1970–1973. He retired from the Red Sox in 2004.
Lenhardt died on July 9, 2014.
- The Sporting News Baseball Register, 1970 edition
- Red Sox mourn the passing of Don Lenhardt
- Baseball Reference
Boston Red Sox first-base coach