Place of Birth:
June 1, 1911 Cumberland, Washington
February 22, 1967 Santa Clara, California
Baseball Experience: Major League
Military Unit: US Navy
Pacific Theater of War
Louis E “Lou” Tost was born on June 1, 1911 in
Cumberland, Washington. He played one game for Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League in 1934, and then
nine games with Mission
of the same league the following year. In 1936, he joined
of the Western Association and was 15-14, earning a recall by Mission in 1937. He was 9-8 that year with a
3.52 ERA and joined the Coast League’s Hollywood Stars in 1938.
Tost remained with Hollywood through the 1941 season when he was
purchased by the Boston Braves and made his major league debut on
April 20, 1942. The 31-year-old rookie made 22 starts that year for
a respectable 10-10 record and had an ERA of 3.53 with the
Military service called in May
1943 after just three appearances and Tost was with the Navy at
Norfolk Naval Air Station, Virginia. In 1945, Tost was at the Pearl
Harbor Submarine Base in Hawaii and was selected
to the 14th Naval District All-Star team. He also won two
games for the National League team in the 1945 Navy World Series.
Tost was discharged from
service at the end of 1945 and the Braves assigned him to
of the Pacific Coast League in 1946 where he was 16-13 with a 2.70
ERA. He was purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates in March 1947 and
made a brief return to the majors, appearing in one game for the
Pirates on April 24.
Tost spent the remainder of
1947 with Indianapolis of the
American Association before returning to the Pacific Coast League
the following year.
Lou Tost passed away on
February 22, 1967 in Santa
Clara, California. He was just 55.
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