Hobson Gives Away Third Base


Butch Hobson, manager of the Chicago Dogs professional baseball team and formerly of Aliceville, gave away third base during an August 7 game between Hobson’s Dogs and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Hobson was unhappy a RedHawks’ runner on third base was not called out in the second inning. Hobson proceeded to let American Association umpire, Mike Jarboe, be sure he understood his disagreement with the call.

Jarboe sent Hobson to the locker room after the conflict, but Hobson was not going quietly. After arguing a few more seconds, Hobson went to third base and pulled it from the ground, handing the bag to a young fan in the stands.

A member of the ballpark staff had to take the bag away from the youngster so the game could continue. The move was met with a round of boos from the crowd.