William “Pickles” Dillhoefer – Backup Catcher


He was born on October 13, 1893 and debuted in the major leagues on April 15, 1917 as a 23 year old.

In five seasons he had 600 at bats and batted .223 with 48 tuns batted in and no home runs. He is most famous for being a poor player that the Phillies traded for him in exchange for  Grover Cleveland Alexander

A catcher who had five seasons in the major leagues, Pickles Dillhoefer’s best year was as the back-up catcher on the 1920 St. Louis Cardinals. Tragically, he died at age 27 of typhoid fever only a few weeks after his wedding.