Hobson set to visit Lititz this Friday

By on August 24, 2016
Lancaster Barnstomers manager Butch Hobson will be at Lititz’s Tomato Pie Cafe this Friday for a meet and greet from 10 a.m. to noon

The winningest manager in Atlantic League history will be in Lititz this Friday, Aug. 26.

Lancaster Barnstormers’ skipper Butch Hobson and players will be at Tomato Pie Cafe, 23 N. Broad St., from 10 a.m. to noon for a meet and greet. Hobson was a former third baseman for the Boston Red Sox (1975-80), California Angels (1981) and New York Yankees (1982). His most productive season came in 1977, when he set team season records for a third baseman with home runs (30) and RBI’s (112).

Hobson has been managing since 1987 in the minor and major leagues, and he won a championship with the Barnstormers in 2014. After retiring as a player, he piloted Pawtucket for one season and went 79-64, leading his squad to a first-place finish in the International League. Hobson was then hired to manage the Red Sox’s parent club and compiled a 207-232 for Boston from 1992-94.

Later, he was at the helm of the Nashua Pride for the 2000 through 2007 seasons, leading them to 508 wins in that time. In November of 2007, he became the first-ever manager of the Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

Prior to the 2011 season, Hobson, who also managed in the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization, was hired as skipper of the Barnstormers.

With 1,800 career Atlantic League wins, he is the winningest manager in league history, having passed Sparky Lyle for that title during the 2015 season. He has claimed Atlantic League Manager of the Year accolades four times in his career.

Hobson played college football for Bear Bryant at University of Alabama and is a second generation quarterback — his father was also a quarterback for the Crimson Tide.

Two tickets will be given to each person who visits Tomato Pie on Friday.

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