|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1880|
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 1953|
The Indianapolis Star
Tuesday February 24, 1953
A.D. (Andrew David) Lotshaw:
Pro Athletic Trainer, Dies
Funeral services for Andrew D. (Andy) Lotshaw, 1211 West 32d street, big league professional baseball and football trainer, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Conkle West 16th Street Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lebanon.
The man who rubbed the kinks out of the aching muscles of members of Chicago's National League Cubs and Football Bears for 30 years died Sunday night at his home after an illness of about a year. He was 73 years old.
Before becoming a trainer Mr. Lotshaw was an outfielder with the Indianapolis American Association baseball club. He was a member of the team that won in 1917 Little World Series by beating Toronto of the International League.
BORN NEAR LEBANON, he came back to Indianapolis from his long career in Chicago last month after retiring because of his health.
A 32nd-degree Mason, Mr. Lotshaw was a member of the Shrine, Scottish Rite, Knights Templar, and Order of Eastern Star in Chicago.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Laura Lotshaw; a brother, Oscar Altie Lotshaw, Galena Park, TX., and an adopted son, Homer Petero, Indianapolis.
LOTSHAW, Andrew D. (Andy), husband of Laura M. Lotshaw, foster father of Homer Petero, father-in-law of Vivian J. Whiteley, brother of Oscar Altie Lotshaw, passed away at residence, 1211 West 32d St. Services Wednesday, 2 p.m., CONKLE FUNERAL HOME, 4925 W. 16th St. Friends invited. Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The Lebanon Reporter
ANDY LOTSHAW EXPIRES;
BURIAL HERE WEDNESDAY
Andrew D. (Andy) Lotshaw, famed trainer of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears who died of a heart attack last night at his home in Indianapolis, will be buried here Wednesday afternoon.
Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery will follow services at 2PM., at the Conkle Funeral Home, 4925 Wes 16th Street in Speedway City.
Trainer for the Bears and the Cubs for 30 years before retiring last December, Andy or (Windy) as some of the old timers knew him, moved to 1211 West 32nd street in Indianapolis January 15. He was 73 years old.
Andy was born in Ripley County on January 27, 1880, the son of Oscar F. and Susan A. Lotshaw and came to Lebanon in 1905.
He played left field on a baseball team managed by Bob Berryhill who now is an Indianapolis resident, before going into the professional game with Toronto, Canada and Marion, O. The latter club was then owned by the late ex-president Warren G. Harding.
Andy later played the outfield and was trainer for the 1917 Indianapolis team which won the Junior World Series and in 1922 he was with the Decatur, Illinois Staleys.
The Staleys also had a professional football team and they moved to Chicago to form the team now known as the Bears.
He was married here June 4, 1918 to Laura Gullion Whitely who survives. Also surviving are a brother, Altie Lotshaw of Galena Park, Texas; a foster son, Homer Petero of Indianapolis, and a number of nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Two brothers and two daughters deceased.
Andy Lotshaw was an outfielder/first baseman for 13 years (1906-1914;1917-1919;1922), all in the minors, losing most of one year to the Military and four years to inactivity.
He broke into Organized Baseball in 1906 at age 26 and played for Jacksonville in the Kitty League (1906); Charleston in the Eastern Illinois League (1907); Marion & Portsmouth in the Ohio State League (1908); Bearstown in the Illinois-Missouri League (1909); Galesburg in the Central Association (1910); Canton in the Illinois-Missouri League (1911-1912); Covington in the Federal League (1913); Champaign in the Illinois-Missouri League (1914); Indianapolis in the American Association (1917-1918); when he enterred the Medical Corps, where he served during World War I. Mustered out of the Service, he played for Flint & Brantwood in the Michigan-Ontario League (1919); and Indianapolis in the American Association (1922); ending his playing career at age 42.
He led his league in home runs six times, triples four times and was batting champion twice. His best year was 1911, when he hit .355 with 28 doubles, 11 triples and 29 homeruns in 122 games. Overall, he played in 950 Games with 154 Doubles, 99 Triples, 98 homeruns, 182 Stolen Bases and a lifetime deadball Batting Average of .275.
He also played professional basketball. He was the trainer for many years for the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. He actually started as a trainer for the A. E. Staley Team before they became the Bears. He was the trainer for the Cubs from 1922 through 1952.
He died at age 73 in Indianapolis.
Led Kitty League in Triples (24) and Homeruns (11), 1906
Led Eastern Illinois League in Triples (9) and Homeruns (10), 1907
Led Illinois-Missouri League in Triples (14) and Batting Average (.329), 1909
Led Illinois-Missouri League in Hits (160); Homeruns (29) and Batting Average (.355), 1911
Led Illinois-Missouri League in Homeruns (11), 1912
Led Illinois-Missouri League in Hits (108); Doubles (21); Triples (14) and Homeruns (10), 1914
Led Michigan-Ontario League in Homeruns (13), 1919
With Babe Ruth facing Charley Root in the 1932 World Series, Lotshaw joined in with the Cub's hecklers and yelled, "If I had you, I'd hitch you to a wagon, you potbelly," Ruth said afterwards, "I didn't mind no ballplayers yelling at me, but the trainer cutting in -- that made me sore." As he waited to bat in the first inning, according to Richards Vidmer in the New York Herald Tribune, "He paused to jest with the raging Cubs, pointed to the right field bleachers and grinned." And then, so the story goes, .......
The Chicago Cubs trained in Avalon from 1921-1951. Which might get you to wondering: what exactly did they do while they were on Catalina Island? Plenty. Plenty of baseball, of course -- but plenty of antics, pranks, and merriment too. After all, they were strapping young men, far from home, largely unsupervised, and it was -- for the most part -- the roaring '20s and the glitzy heyday of the Island's glamour years, the '30s. The boys found other ways to amuse themselves. Kiki Cuyler and trainer Andy Lotshaw often won dancing contests at the Casino, for instance, and they occasionally invited Big Band members to suit up and work out with the team.
BASEBALL DIGEST, Sept. 1966 issue
On watching a pitcher warm up---
"He looks much better than he did yesterday---he's had his hair cut."
BASEBALL DIGEST, August 1949 issue
"AND THERE WASN'T"
Andy Lotshaw, now trainer of the Chicago Cubs, tells the story of the $100-fine Bob Quinn levied against him for fighting on the field. This was many moons ago, when Bob was prexy of the Marion, O., ball club and Andy was the team's star slugger.
One hundred smackers was a lot of money to a ball player in those days. Andy couldn't have been more reluctant to pay than had he been requested to part with his throwing arm. When the season was over he spoke to Warren G. Harding, club secretary, who later became president of the United States, and said, "Gee, I'd sure like to get that money back."
Harding said, "Andy, why don't you write Bob Quinn a nice letter. Tell him you're sorry about the fight, and remind him that Christmas is coming. Maybe he'll refund the $100."
So Andy wrote a very eloquent letter, touching on jingle bells, stockings over the fireplace, holly wreaths, the close proximity of Christmas, and the amount of good $100 could do.
He received an answer from Quinn. It read:
"Dear Andy---There ain't no Santa Claus!"
BASEBALL DIGEST, May 1951 issue
"PAWS THAT REFRESHES"
"It really doesn't matter too much what you rub a pitcher's arm with before a game," Detroit Trainer Jack Homel modestly claims. "The rub itself is the main thing."
This verifies the story told by Trainer Andy Lotshaw of the Cubs about Pat Malone, terrible-tempered Chicago hurler. Malone had a favorite concoction he demanded Lotshaw use when he rubbed Malone before a big game.
"We're going for the flag one year," Andy relates, "and I start to give Malone his rub when I discover I forgot to get any of his favorite Liniment. I didn't even have any oil, so, in desperation I grabbed a bottle of Coke somebody had left sitting by the table.
I rubbed him down with a Coke and darned if he didn't go out and beat the New York Giants on a two-hitter..."
BASEBALL DIGEST, September 1966 issue
"THE REMARK, AT LEAST, WAS RARE"
The Late Andy Lotshaw, veteran trainer of the Chicago Cubs, was one man who knew his groceries and how he wanted them prepared. While dining with manager Jimmie Wilson at a restaurant just outside of Cincinnati, Lotshaw ordered a steak "medium well done." When the waiter brought the piece of meat, Andy looked at it indignantly. "Take it away," he said. The waiter asked what was wrong. "Wrong?" asked Andy. "I'll say it's wrong. It's too well-to-do."
BASEBALL DIGEST, June 1996 issue
Bill Veeck, son of the Cubs' general manager in 1930, said he walked into the locker room in Chicago to find trainer Andy Lotshaw trying to sober Hack Wilson up before a game. Lotshaw put a 50-pound cake of ice in a huge tub and wrestled Hack into it. Wilson fought to climb out, but Lotshaw pushed him back in. Every time Hack's head went down, the ice bobbed up. "It was a fascinating sight," Veeck wrote, "watching them bob in perfect rhythm. First Hack's head, then the ice, then Hack's head, then the ice."
Front row: bat boy, Pepper Martin, Lon Warneke, Tony Cuccinello. Second row: Bill Hallahan, Dick Bartell, Bill Terry, Bill McKechnie (coach), John McGraw (manager), Max Carey (coach), Chick Hafey, Chuck Klein, Lefty O'Doul, Wally Berger. Back row: Gabby Hartnett, Jimmy Wilson, Frank Frisch, Carl Hubbell, Bill Walker (batting practice pitcher), Paul Waner, Woody English, Hal Schumacher, Pie Traynor, Andy Lotshaw (trainer). National Leaguers had special uniforms made for the game. Hall of Famers: Terry, McGraw, Hartnett, Frisch, Hubbell, Waner, Traynor.
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Excerpt from the book "Swish Nicholson: A Biography of Wartime Baseball's Leading Slugger"
Pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Dizzy Dean, credits Trainer Andy Lotshaw for his performance and the revitalized feeling in his right arm, drawling: "Doc Lotshaw has brought me back and I hope they keep them specialists away from me."
Andrew Hemmingway Lotshaw was in his twentieth year as the Cubs trainer. Despite the fact that Lotshaw had no medical education, he also trained the Chicago Bears football team. His frequently-bizarre therapies had no medical foundation, but actually seemed to work for some of the players.
According to former Cubs infielder and major league manager Gene Mauch, one such remedy was for Lotshaw simply to spit on the injured area. The old trainer also devised a concoction popularly known as "Andy Lotshaw's Body Rub." There is some dispute about the contents of his potion; a prime ingredient was said to be Coca-Cola. Whatever it was left Dean's injured wing lobster-red but ready to throw.
First wife-- Emma Otis. Had 2 daughters-- Laura and Helen
Laura M. Gullion Lotshaw (1878 - 1957)
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