Louie Heilbroner

Louie Heilbroner
Born: (1861-07-04)July 4, 1861
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Died: December 21, 1933(1933-12-21) (aged 72)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Batted: Unknown Threw: Unknown
MLB statistics
Managerial WL 23-25
Games 50
Winning percentage .479

Louis "Louie" Heilbroner (July 4, 1861 – December 21, 1933) was a manager in Major League Baseball in the 1900 season, with the St. Louis Cardinals. In the middle of the 1900 season, Patsy Tebeau resigned as the Cardinals' manager and team president Frank Robison publicly offered the job to third baseman John McGraw who declined despite his boss' insistence. Robinson then gave the manager title to Heilbroner who was serving as his secretary and who had no particular baseball qualifications. By many accounts, the diminutive Heilbroner (4'9 or 1,44m) never imposed his authority and McGraw was the de facto manager of the team and this was candidly acknowledged by the team owners.[1][2] After managing the last 50 games in 1900, Heilbroner was replaced by Patsy Donovan at the start of 1901. During his short stint as manager, Heilbroner led the Cardinals to 23 wins, 25 loses and 2 ties. He remained with the team as a business manager until 1908 and later served a two-year term (1912–1914) as president of the Central League.[3]

Heilbroner was also a pioneer in baseball statistics. In 1909, he founded Heilbroner's Baseball Bureau Service, the first commercial statistical bureau dedicated to baseball, and began publishing the Baseball Blue Book.[3]

He died on December 21, 1933 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


  1. Mike Eisenbath, Stan Musial. Cardinals Encyclopedia. Temple University Press. p. 387. ISBN 978-1-56639-703-2.
  2. "John McGraw from the Chronology". BaseballLibrary.com. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
  3. 1 2 Horvitz, Joachim (2001). The big book of Jewish baseball. Big Book Series. SP Books. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-56171-973-0.

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