Hofman, the nephew of Circus Solly Hofman, had nine career pinch HR. A useful utility
infielder who even made 26 appearances at catcher, he continued to show versatility
later when, as a coach for budget-minded Charles O. Finley, he doubled as the Oakland
A's traveling secretary.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 10, 1953: Pittsburgh IF Eddie O'Brien and Johnny O'Brien become the first twins to play for the same team in the same game, when Johnny enters the nitecap of a Giants game on defense and Eddie later pinch runs. But the Giants take the twinbill, 4–0, behind Sal Maglie's 3-hitter, and 3–2. In game 2, Jim Hearn comes within two outs of his 13th straight over the Pirates, but falters and Frank Hiller wins in relief. Bobby Hofman's pinch home run in the 9th wins it.
»May 27, 1955:
Bobby Hofman of the Giants hits his 3rd pinch-hit home run of the year, and 9th of his career, tying him with Cy Williams for the record. The Giants trip the Dodgers 3–1.
»September 25, 1955:
Bobby Hofman underscores the tone of the season for
the Giants as he lines into a season-ending triple
play against the Phillies in a 3-1 loss. The
Giants win the opener 5-2, as Willie Mays belts
his 51st HR of the year.