Solly Hofman

Solly Hofman

Solly Hofman
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Born: (1882-10-29)October 29, 1882
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: March 10, 1956(1956-03-10) (aged 73)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 28, 1903 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
August 25, 1916 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Batting average .269
Home runs 19
Runs batted in 495

Arthur Frederick "Solly" Hofman (born on October 29, 1882 in St. Louis, Missouri; died March 10, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri) was a Major League Baseball player from 1903 to 1916. He played the majority of his 1,175 professional games in the outfield.

His nickname was "Circus Solly". Some attribute this name to a comic strip of the era, while others attribute it to spectacular catches while fielding.[1]

He is considered by some to be the first great utility player in baseball due to his versatility.


He was the uncle of Bobby Hofman of the New York Giants.

See also


  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • SABR biography