Happy Birthday, Charlie Hautz

“Charles Hautz, Old Brown Player, Dead”

Funeral services for Charles Hautz, second baseman on Chris Von de Ahe’s old-time St. Louis Browns, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today from the Wacker-Heiderle funeral parlors, Grand Boulevard and Gravois Avenue. He will be buried in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Hautz, who was 77 years old, died at Alexian Brothers Hospital Thursday. He had been living with a nephew, Joseph Fritz, at 4152 Bates Street.

St. Louis Star and Times, 28 January 1929, Page 19.

There aren’t many references to Hautz in the baseball books and online newspapers (at least those I own or to which I have access) – but he was certainly around baseball for probably two decades. His major league record consists of playing 19 games with the St. Louis Red Stockings of the National Association in 1875 – the 19 games was all that the Red Stockings played that season. And, after years toiling in minor league towns of the Midwest and playing a lot of semi-pro baseball in St. Louis, he got one more shot with Pittsburgh in the American Association in 1884 where he appeared in seven games.

Without fail, Hautz was the best player on the Red Stockings – he hit .301 with three doubles and four RBI. However, the team hit all of .199 and really had no business being in the Association – and within a short amount of time it went out of business.  (After 1875, so did the National Association…) The good teams played between 65 and 82 games, the bad ones (like the Red Stockings) did not and one team played just 13 games.

Anyway…

Charles Hautz was the third of six kids born to Joseph and Catharina (Keil) Hautz, two German immigrants, in St. Louis on 5 February 1852. He was a laborer of sorts when not playing ball and at the time of his death, his profession was listed as “waiter.” By then, he was living with the widower and son of his younger sister Margaretta. The obituary got a few details wrong – Hautz may have known Chris Von de Ahe but he didn’t play on the Browns (unless the newspaper was referencing the semi-pro Browns and not the major league Browns of that period); he was a first baseman; and he hadn’t quite reached 77 years old. Hautz passed away about two weeks before his birthday of a stroke on 24 January 1929.

Sources:

Major League Baseball Profiles, Volume 1, Page 128.

Major League Baseball Profiles, Volume 2, Page 408.

1870 US Census
1880 US Census
1920 US Census

Find A Grave:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6884173

 

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