Fritz Von Kolnitz played only sparingly in his three-year stint in the majors, but he could certainly hold court off the field. Or, at least participate in it.
The player from Charleston, S.C. became a member of the South Carolina Bar in May 1914, less than a month after he made his major league debut with Cincinnati. Von Kolnitz had attended the University of South Carolina law school and had turned 21 the day before he officially became an attorney.
In his career as a player, von Kolnitz appeared in 115 games and hit just .212. His career numbers include 19 RBI and five stolen bases.
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Five minor league baseball teams operate in South Carolina including the Charlotte Knights who actually play in Fort Mill. Here's the official sites for these minor league teams and some other links of interest on South Carolina minor league baseball.
Sammy Meeks, a shortstop who was born in Anderson, S.C., seemed to be in the driver's seat for the shortstop job with the Washington Nationals coming out of Spring Training in 1948. However, he just couldn't keep hold of the job.
Sammy -- or just Sam as he was referred to in some accounts -- Meeks hit .348 for Charlotte in 1947 and he was playing for Chattanooga during an exhibition game on March 25, 1948 when he caught the eye of Washington's Clark Griffith.
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