Former Lookouts Manager Johnny Dobbs Elected to Barons HOF

Induction is June 25 at Rickwood Classic in B'ham

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Former Chattanooga Lookouts manager Johnny Dobbs, who managed five other Southern Association teams, will be inducted into the Birmingham Barons hall of fame Wednesday June 25 during the Rickwood Classic in Birmingham.

Dobbs managed the Barons for five seasons, 1925-29, compiling a record of 437-323 and led the Barons to Southern Association titles in 1928-29. The 1928 squad won a franchise record 99 wins while the 1929 team also won the Dixie Series.

A native of Chattanooga and a graduate of Chattanooga City High School, Dobbs, who passed away in 1935 at the age of 59, is also member of the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.

Representing Dobbs at the hall of fame ceremonies will be his son, Nick Dobbs, 93, who is also a graduate of Chattanooga City High School.

19th Rickwood Classic: Johnny Dobbs and three other former Barons will be inducted during the Barons-Mississippi Braves game at Rickwood Field, America's oldest ball park, in Birmingham ... game time is 12:30 p.m. CDT.

Dobbs managed pennant winners at Chattanooga (1909), New Orleans (1915, 1918), Memphis (1924) and Birmingham (1928-29) ... played five seasons in the major leagues, 1901-1905 ... best season was 1902 (Cincinnati and Chicago Cubs) as he batted .299 with 147 hits and 51 RBIs.

Barons Hall of Fame Class of 2014: Johnny Dobbs ... Barons manager, 1925-29 ... led club to Southern Association titles in 1928-29 ... and Dixie Series title in 1929 ... 437-323 in five seasons

Joe Grzenda ... Pitcher ... 17-7 on Birmingham's 1958 pennant winning team and 5-0 on the 1967 championship team ... plaeyd eight seasons in the Major Leagues with six teams, including Detroit, Kansas City and St. Louis ... best season was 5-2 with Washington Senators in 1971

Mike Cameron ... Barons, 1995-96 ... In 1996, he hit .300 with 28 home runs, 77 RBIs and 39 stolen bases ... named the White Sox Minor League Player of the Year ... one of 16 players to hit 4 home runs in a major league game, May 2, 2002 with Seattle Mariners.

Gabby Bell ... Barons radio play-by-play man ...  broadcast Barons games from 1948 to the late 1950s.

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