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Al Federoff played briefly in the majors, but was active as a player and manager in the minors for over two decades.

Federoff was a football and baseball player in high school. He served in the US military during World War II and then went on to Duquesne University. After two years at Duquesne, he was signed by Ed Katalinas, a scout for the Detroit Tigers. He debuted in 1946 with the Jamestown Falcons, hitting .270/~.338/.344 and stealing 18 bases. He led PONY League second basemen with 70+ games in fielding percentage (.956). In 1947, Al was back with Jamestown, batting .308; he led the league in fielding percentage and assists at second base.

Federoff played for the Flint Arrows in 1948 and hit .291. He led the Central League in steals and again paced his circuit's second sackers in fielding percentage and assists. The smooth-fielding Federoff spent 1949 with the Little Rock Travelers, for whom he batted .294 and made the Southern League All-Star team.

Federoff made it to AAA with the 1950 Toledo Mud Hens and hit .279/~.340/.321 with 14 steals. He led the American Association's second basemen in assists (435) and double plays (134) but also in errors (30). His 344 asists were one behind leader Jack Cassini. He also had two triple plays in addition to his average of over one double play per game.

The Pennsylvanian returned to Toledo in 1951 and hit .274. He was called up to Detroit at the end of the season and got 4 at-bats, his playing time being limited due to illness.

Federoff began 1952 with the Buffalo Bisons and batted .285/~.354/.351 in 91 games. When Don Kolloway struggled as a fill-in for the injured Jerry Priddy, Detroit called up Al and made him their starting second baseman for the second half of the campaign. He hit .242/.292/.277 in 74 games for the Tigers, producing just 30 runs. He only attempted one steal (a success). His .976 fielding percentage at second base was around league average. Federoff had the final putout in Virgil Trucks' August 25 no-hitter against the New York Yankees.

Federoff began a long stretch in the Pacific Coast League in 1953, hitting .279/~.300/.318 as the second baseman for the San Diego Padres; he sometimes formed a double play tandem with another Jewish middle infielder, Moe Franklin. In 1954, Al developed a much better batting eye and hit .278/.389/.311 with 108 walks (to 34 strikeouts) and 15 steals for San Diego. He was 4th in the PCL in OBP behind Earl Rapp, Harry Elliott and Ted Beard, 1st in runs (110) and first in walks (7 ahead of Rapp).

For the 1955 Padres, Federoff batted .274/.341/.298 as his walk total fell back down (to 52). With San Diego in 1956, Federoff produced at a .290/.350/.326 clip and scored 101 runs, 6th in the PCL. In 1957, Al hit only .226/~.280/.259 while splitting time between the Padres and Seattle Rainiers.

Federoff stayed with Seattle in 1958, but continued to hit poorly at .237. He played five games with the Louisville Colonels in 1959 then was traded to the Atlanta Crackers, for whom he hit .278 with a career-high 4 home runs. It would be his final season as a player.

Retiring from playing, Federoff became a manager in 1960. He took a one-year hiatus in 1962 to scout for the Detroit Tigers, then managed in the minors from 1963-1970, all but the last year in the Detroit chain.

Federoff bought a share in a film-processing lab while a baseball player and remained active with the company. Off the field, he also was a hunter and fisherman. He died in Arizona in 2011, aged 87.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1960 Decatur Commodores Midwest League 51-71 8th Detroit Tigers none
1961 Jamestown Tigers New York-Penn League 58-68 6th Detroit Tigers
1963 Thomasville Tigers Georgia-Florida League 65-54 1st Detroit Tigers none League Champs
1964 Lakeland Tigers Florida State League 67-69 3rd Detroit Tigers
1965 Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League 67-74 6th Detroit Tigers none
1966 Rocky Mount Leafs Carolina League 4th Detroit Tigers League Champs replaced by Bob Mavis from May 28-June 19
1967 Rocky Mount Leafs Carolina League 74-68 4th Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1968 Rocky Mount Leafs Carolina League 70-70 6th Detroit Tigers
1969 Rocky Mount Leafs Carolina League 82-62 1st Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1970 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 68-78 5th Milwaukee Brewers

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