Vern broke into baseball as
a catcher with the New York Yankees organization in 1941. He played 12 seasons
in the minors, all as a catcher in the Yankees system. Vern reached the Triple
A level in 1947 with Kansas City and then spent the next eight
seasons as a player-manager for the Yankees farm clubs at MacAlester, Oklahoma; Joplin,
Missouri; and Quincy, Illinois.
His finest year as a player came in 1951 at MacAlester when he hit.354 with 11 homers and 109 RBI. Vern guided his clubs to pennants for five straight years, 1950-1954.
In his final year as a player in 1955, he actually wore three hats as Quincy’s catcher, field manager and general manager.
Vern was general manager and manager at Quincy, Peoria and Greensboro, from 1955-1959. He was also President of the Three-I
League, 1960-1961. Hoscheit’s 13-year record as a minor league manager
was 901-755, a winning percentage of .544.
Hoscheit was a scout and minor league coordinator with the Baltimore Orioles from 1962-1967, Vern was a coach with
the Orioles in 1968 and then switched to the Oakland A’s where he coached from 1969-1974. He was a member
of the three consecutive World Championship teams from 1972-1974.
In 1976, Hoscheit was a coach with the California Angles and from 1977-1982 he coached the American Legion teams in
their home town of Plainview, Nebraska. In 1983, he managed the New York Mets rookie team at Sarasota, Florida, of the Gulf Coast League. Vern was then coach for the
New York Mets from 1984-1987.