Saturday, July 21, 2012

Final Card: Eddie Stanky

This is Eddie Stanky's last card (#564). 1968 would be the last year in a 3-year gig as the Sox' manager.

Stanky was born in Philadelphia in 1915 (and became known as "The Brat from Kensington", later shortened to "The Brat"). Eddie played minor-league baseball from 1935-1942, and made his big-league debut in 1943 as the Cubs' regular 2nd baseman. He split the 1944 season between the Cubs and Brooklyn Dodgers, then held down the starting 2nd base job for the Dodgers (1945-47), Boston Braves (1948-49), and New York Giants (1950-51).  In 1945 he led the National League in runs and walks.

After the '51 season, he was traded to the Cardinals, spending 2 seasons there as a player-manager before becoming the full-time manager in 1954 and 1955.

After leaving the Cards' manager post in 1955, he spent one season managing the Giants' AAA team in Minneapolis in 1956, then spent several years in a player-development role for the Cardinals. He resurfaced in 1965 as a minor-league manager for the Mets.

Stanky was hired by the White Sox before the 1966 season, and remained there until his firing after 79 games in 1968. The team finished in 4th place in his first 2 seasons, and were in 8th place (18 1/2 games back) at the time of his firing.  They should have kept him, as the team finished the season 36 games behind the Tigers.

After his firing, he coached college baseball in Alabama, then made a 1-game interim manager appearance for the Texas Rangers in 1977.


Douglas said...

I remember Stanky stint with the Rangers because they playing in Minnesota at the time of his hire. I don't think he was an interim manager...the rangers want him as their regular skipper...he just quit after one game citing homesickness. I remember the local news covering his hire more than seemed usual for an opposing I see why because Stanky was a manager for the Mps Millers

Jim from Downingtown said...


That story reminds me of Eddie Sawyer, the Phillies manager from 1948-52, and 1958-60.

He quit after the first game of the 1960 season, saying "I'm 50 years old, and want to live to be 51!"

Douglas said...

Funny...Hockey has similar story...The legendary player Maurice Richard was the Quebec Nordiques coach for their first ever two games in 1972.

I looked the 1977 Texas actually was the 3rd best in franchise history.