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Lou Novikoff
Birth: Oct. 12, 1915
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Death: Sep. 30, 1970
South Gate
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Major League Baseball Player. He was a prodigious hitter in the minor leagues, and while with Los Angeles in 174 games in 1940, he led the Pacific Coast League in all the following categories: .363 batting average, 259 hits, 147 runs scored, 41 homers and 171 runs batted in. The Chicago Cubs then shelled out $100,000 for the right-handed-hitting outfielder. There already had been a lot of hoopla over him because many national publications, including the Sporting News, Saturday Evening Post, Look, Collier's and Esquire had done stories on him. He made his debut in 1941, hitting .241 in 62 games. He was a notoriously poor outfielder. One critic said, "He could make Smead Jolley look like Joe DiMaggio." Novikoff had a fear of the ivy on the Wrigley Field walls. To make matters worse, the winds off Lake Michigan can blow in, out and in swirls and make very good fielders look bad at times. He batted .300 in 1942 in 128 games with 25 doubles, a career-high seven homers and 64 RBIs. But he frustrated his manager with his baserunning as well. Once he tried to steal third with the bases loaded. When manager Jimmy Wilson wanted an explanation, he replied, "I know it was a dumb thing to do, but I had such a good jump on the pitcher, I just couldn't resist." He also had a legendary appetite. It was reported he once ate 13 plates of fried chicken at one sitting. He also owned a Russian wolfhound that enjoyed caviar. The slugger who had led the Three-I League, Texas League, PCL and American Association in hitting was a huge disappointment in the big leagues. He stayed with the Cubs through the 1944 season and played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945. His lifetime totals were .282 with 45 doubles, 15 homers and 138 RBIs. He was very good as a pinch hitter, hitting .345 (29 for 84). (bio by: Ron Coons) 
Russian Molokan Cemetery
Los Angeles County
California, USA
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Record added: Mar 22, 2006
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