I could run. “Underneath he was the nicest guy in the world.19. Bauer finished out the season in the dugout, and then managed all of 1962, but the A’s didn’t have much talent. After failing to win the pennant in ’54, the Yankees earned two more league titles in ’55 and ’56, while winning it all in the latter season to add to Bauer’s growing collection of World Series jewelry. One of the men who served under Bauer lauded him for two of his strongest qualities. us, Died: All remained well with Bauer through the end of the 1956 season. He quickly became a fan favorite. Hank saw some action in the World Series that year as the Yankees were victorious over Brooklyn. They were also the American League’s doormat, only once finishing as high as sixth in their 13 years in Kansas City. After another third-place finish in 1965, the Orioles made the move that put them over the top. Many thanks to him. “I wasn’t blessed with natural ability like a lot of ball players,” Bauer said. Despite Bauer’s weak showing in the World Series, they nevertheless copped the title each year. Full-year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports.

After selling the store in 1978, Bauer joined the Yankees as a major league scout, keeping tabs on other AL teams when they came to Kansas City. He would be a regular on the Yankees roster when they captured the World Series title the next four seasons. It was during the 1961 season that the A’s announced a major change within their organization. © 2020 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Be loyal. The following season, 1956, Bauer’s batting average reached an all-time low but it may have been his best season. He could also throw and hit with above-average power. Bauer and the Yankees weren’t done. Bauer enlisted in the Marines shortly after Pearl Harbor and saw action in a number of battles in the Pacific, including Okinawa and Guadalcanal, according to Hall of Fame archives. Owner Jerold Hoffberger didn’t want to pay him not to manage, so Bauer kept his job, but Dalton fired three of his four coaches. Attached to the Marine Corps, Bauer saw heavy combat action in the European Theatre of Operations and won numerous battlefield citations. The trade was made because Bauer was aging and he had a reputation for wild nightlife living. MacPhail resigned after the season to become the brain of the clueless new baseball commissioner, William Eckert.

While Mantle and Berra were the Yankees’ leading stars among their position players, Bauer filled a crucial role as a secondary contributor. Sore arms crippled the pitching staff, and Frank Robinson suffered double vision after a collision when he broke up a double play.

He hit a robust .429 in the World Series but the Dodgers finally had the Yankees number and beat the Bronx Bombers. In celebration of their 40th and 50th Anniversaries, the San Diego Chargers had their Hall of Famers, select media and fans twice vote for the top 50 All-time Chargers team. Seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Dan Fouts, Lance Alworth, Ron Mix, Fred Dean, Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joiner and Coach Sid Gillman were among those selected, and California Lutheran University’s Hank Bauer also made the list. For the first time since the Yankees made Bauer a regular in their lineup, they failed to reach the World Series in 1954. Or write about sports?

Bauer had two relief aces in Stu Miller and knuckleballer Eddie Fisher supported by journeymen Moe Drabowsky and Eddie Watt. He took up golf, then gave up golf. Hank Bauer had a long career in the major leagues as both a player and manager. 10:00 am–4:00 pm, Sunday

12:00 pm–4:00 pm, Adults: $5 At the top farm club in Kansas City in 1947, he met Charlene Friede, who was general manager Lee MacPhail’s secretary. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum).

Grouped around the desk in the Baltimore clubhouse were half a dozen reporters for the usual postmortem. One of our favorite Hank Bauer ancedotes takes place after a game and was featured in "Sports Illustrated" (09/1964): It was a ritual to which he had become accustomed and which he accepted, unwillingly but gracefully. Instead he signed on to manage the Oakland A’s ­— back under Charlie Finley’s thumb. First he contracted malaria on Guadalcanal—and he beat it. A long-time resident of Kansas City, Hank Bauer spent more than 18 years as an outstanding outfielder in the American League, predominantly with the New York Yankees. “Great pitching and great defense did it,” Bauer said in the raucous clubhouse, as his players sprayed shaving cream instead of champagne. “My dad made sixty bucks every two weeks,” Henry recalled.

We present them here for purely educational purposes. One of the new coaches was Earl Weaver, a young manager in the Baltimore farm system who was a Dalton favorite. Baltimore, with 97 victories, finished third, and The Sporting News named Bauer Manager of the Year.

Before his debut at the highest level, Hank served his country during World War II. He endured 23 attacks of the disease during his four years in the Marines. Hall of Fame staffers are also baseball fans and love to share their stories. He was soon traded to Kansas City. But for the other skills in baseball I worked my butt off.”33 He has no plaque in Monument Park, but Bauer always considered himself a Yankee.

Bauer always said he had no ambition to manage, but he agreed to give it a try. It’s an honor that astounds and humbles him, even today. Herman helped Henry get a professional tryout in 1941, and the 18-year-old joined the Class D Oshkosh Giants as a 160-pound “shrimp,” as he recalled it.5 Then he followed Herman into military service, enlisting in the Marine Corps in January 1942. The club finished ninth in the 10-team league in 1961, besting only the expansion Washington Senators. Bauer was never so happy to be wrong.

Bolstered by the off-season acquisition of Frank Robinson, who would win the Triple Crown, the Orioles claimed the American League pennant by a nine-game margin. Among some of the veteran Yankees, those words would become a rallying cry, a reminder to focus on baseball and to play hard at all times, so as not to jeopardize the players’ chances at postseason shares. 1 Steven Travers, The Poet: The Life and Los Angeles Times of Jim Murray (Washington: Potomac Books, 2013), 208. Family of 4: $14

Batting third between Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio, he singled in his first three plate appearances. Yankee scout Danny Menendez, who remembered him from before the war, signed him to a Class B contract in 1946. Some defensive statistics Copyright © Baseball Info Solutions, 2010-2020. He would serve the Yankees as a scout before retiring to a life that included appearances at fantasy camps and autograph signings. But it was a miracle that Bauer even made the Major Leagues at all. His friend Whitey Herzog, farm director of the Mets, hired him to manage the Triple-A club at Norfolk, Virginia, in 1971. The club rose to fourth in 1963, but it was a distant fourth, and Hitchcock was fired.

The Yankees won the 1949 pennant by beating Boston in the last two games of the season, then defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. Join SABR’s Golden Lineup to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary! “In 1948 I asked her for a date.”7 After that leisurely courtship, they were married the next year.

Become a Stathead & surf this site ad-free. 30 Bob Maisel, “The Morning After,” Baltimore Sun, October 5, 1968: B-3. Born: “He was a real dead-end kid,” his brother Joe said, “always going around with a bloody nose.”4. With that avenue closed, Bauer accepted an offer from his old boss, Charlie Finley, to become the manager of the recently transplanted Oakland A’s. The Yankees traded Hank Bauer to the Kansas City Athletics in a deal that included Roger Maris, pictured here. After the 1959 season, Weiss began exploring a deal with Kansas City, a frequent trade partner.

Phone: 602.496.1460 In 1977, Bauer signed as a free agent with San Diego, where he found his niche not only as a short-yardage power runner (which is where his nickname “hammer” came from), but a significant scoring threat, with 21 career touchdowns, scoring 9 touchdowns in 1978 and 8 touchdowns in 1979.

Pitcher Whitey Ford remembered Bauer pinning him against a wall and growling, “You’re messing with my money.”10, The most infamous moment of Bauer’s career happened at a birthday celebration for Billy Martin on May 15, 1957. Over the next two seasons, manager Casey Stengel used Bauer in an extended platoon role. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of InsideTheBook.com, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. 3861 East Stan Musial Drive After another good season in 1965, a summer that saw the team win 94 games, Bauer and the Orioles reached higher ground in 1966. He set personal highs in both homeruns (26) and RBI (84) as New York won yet another AL pennant.

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