Bobo Holloman was born on Wednesday, March 7, 1923, in Thomaston, Georgia. Holloman was 30 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1953, with the St. Louis Browns. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bobo Holloman baseball stats page.
"Some people would call him (Bobo Holloman) a screwball I guess, but I'm mighty happy that he pestered me into giving him his chance to start that game (the no-hitter he threw on May 6, 1953 . He proved to me that he's just about as good as he thinks he is." - St. Louis Browns Manager Marty Marion in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (May 7, 1953, NO HOLLOMAN NO , Page 1)
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Alva Lee Holloman was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the St. Louis Browns ( 1953 ). Bobo, his nickname, served as a Seabee for the United States Navy during World War II before starting his professional baseball career. After serving his country, Bobo turned to baseball and gradually rose up through the minor league system, finally making his debut on April 18, 1953 , then, in his first start, on May 6, 1953 , Holloman threw a no-hitter ! Baseball Almanac likes to take a look "beyond the stats" and we hope you enjoy the following historical baseball research about Bobo Holloman:
Bobo Holloman No-Hitter ( Box Score ) | The Daily Sun | May 7, 1953 | Page 37
Several rookie pitchers have tossed no-hitters since 1900. The first rookie hurler to throw a " no-no " in his first major league start was Alva Lee Holloman. "Bobo" Holloman accomplished the feat on May 6, 1953 , against the Philadelphia A's .
Holloman actually made a start against the Yankees a few days earlier. He went 4 innings, holding the Bombers hitless and scoreless before the game was called due to darkness. So, his first official decision came on May 6 when he no-hit the hapless A's .
The 6'2, 220 pound righty grew-up in Thomaston, Georgia. His professional baseball career began with a bang as he won 20 games for class D Moultrie in 1946. Holloman toiled for the next seven seasons in the minors, winning 18 for class A Macon in '47, 17 for AA Nashville in '49, and 16 for AAA Syracuse in '52.
Holloman may have racked-up a few more wins had he did a little better job getting the ball over the plate. His walk totals included seasons in which he issued 116, 160, 143, 120 and 112 free passes.
Holloman also developed the reputation for being eccentric. He boasted a lot about his abilities, became known for playing a harmonica (sometimes at inappropriate times), and generally liked to talk.
At AA Nashville he was given his nickname. Holloman reminded Larry Gilbert, the team's owner, of pitcher Bobo Newsome , who was equally garrulous and cocky.
Bobo's best season in the minors was 1952. Along with 16 wins, Holoman allowed just 123 hits in 183 innings for Syracuse, only 6 of which went for extra bases. The lowly St. Louis Browns, desperate for pitching help, were impressed and acquired the 29-year-old Holloman in October of '52.
Holloman drove people in St. Louis a little crazy in the spring of '52. His out-going personality was an acquired taste; some found him amusing, others thought Bobo was a pain-in-the-butt. Owner Bill Veek appreciated Holloman's shtick but was thinking of getting rid of the hurler after Bobo was strafed for a 9.00 ERA in 4 early season relief appearances.
Undaunted by his lack of success, Bobo pestered manager Marty Marion for a start, who finally relented in early May. Holloman's surprisingly good work against the Yankees earned him another shot as a starter for the pitching-poor Browns.
According to Bill Veek in Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck (Bill Veeck, University of Chicago Press, 04/07/2001, Page 297):
Allie Clark hit one into the left-field stands that curved foul at the last second. A bunt just rolled foul on the last spin On the final out of the eighth inning, Billy Hunter made an impossible diving stop on a ground ball behind second base and an even more impossible throw. With two out in the ninth, a ground ball was rifled down the first base line -- right at our first baseman, Vic Wertz .
Holloman's final line included 31 batters faced and five walks, three-of-which he issued in the 9th inning.
Getting rid of a guy who had just held another team hitless would not have been wise politically for the owner of the hero-starved Browns . Veek decided to hold on to big Bobo awhile and even honored the righty's pitching "feat" a few nights later with a pregame ceremony at Sportsman's Park.
The Browns trotted Holloman out 20 more times over the next couple of months. Bobo won only 2 more games, lost seven and was pummeled for a bloated 5.23 era. The Browns had seen enough; Veek sold Bobo to Toronto of the International League in July. Holloman's inability to get batters out continued, walking 43 over 55 innings on a 5.07 era.
Bobo Holloman wrapped-up his career by playing for five minor league teams in 1954, going a combined 4-8.
In 1955, the irascible Bobo was driving trucks in Georgia. He later battled alcoholism, but defeated that demon by going alcohol free from 1972 until his death from a heart-attack in May 1987. His passing at the age of 64 came almost 34 years to the day that he earned his niche in baseball history.
Alva Lee "Bobo" Holloman pitched a " no-no " in May 1953.
It may have been sloppy, but it was a no-hitter .
Written exclusively for Baseball Almanac by historian / author Chris Williams.
On June 5, 1953 , Bobo Holloman surrendered the first home run of his career, a fourth inning shot to right-center field, approximately 405-feet from home plate, where Mickey Mantle was standing. It was the forty-fourth career home run hit by Mickey Mantle , his last in Busch Stadium—the first occurred on April 28, 1953 , off Bob Cain .
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