Pitching for the Cubs in the early 1920s, Kaufmann was tutored by Grover Alexander.
He was 14-10 in 1923 and 16-11 the next year, his best seasons. A good hitter, his
two home runs on the Fourth of July, 1925 made him one of a handful of pitchers to
homer twice in one game. From 1938 to 1961 he worked for the Cardinals as a minor
league manager, ML coach, and scout.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 25, 1922: You can't blame it on the wind as one of the most poorly pitched major-league games ever played takes place in Chicago. The Cubs edge the Phils 26–23 in a game that features 51 hits, 23 walks, and 10 errors. The Phils have the bases loaded in the ninth when the game ends, making a total of 16 left on base; the Cubs leave 9. When the Cubs score 14 runs in the fourth to take a 25–6 lead, OF Marty Callaghan bats 3 times (a since tied record), getting 2 hits and striking out. Modern records are set or tied for total runs (49, by two teams)and hits, most players scoring runs (Phils, 13), and most players scoring 2+ runs (Cubs, 9), most plate appearances (66, by the Phils). The 14-run inning ties the Yankees’ mark of July 6, 1920; The Phils add a run in the fourth to make the two-team total of 15 a record for the inning, as is the second inning total of 13—ten from the Cubs side and 3 from the Phils. Cliff Heathcote of the Cubs sets a modern NL record by reaching base 7 times in the nine-inning game. Hack Miller helps run up the Chicago total with 3-run homers in the second and fourth innings. His first blast is just the second homer to reach the centerfield scoreboard, located at ground level in Cubs Park: Hornsby hit the first last year. The game ends with the Phils leaving the bases loaded. Tony Kaufmann is the winner over Jimmy Ring in the game that lasts a surprisingly short: 3:01.
»May 20, 1927: At Ebbets Field, the Cubs top the Dodgers, 7–5, behind Tony Kaufmann. Fans interrupt the game with a shower of bottles after a disputed call by umpire Pete McLaughlin. Babe Herman has a pair of homers for Brooklyn, but costs his team two runs with a errant throw.