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Benjamin Raymond Geraghty

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Ben Geraghty was Hank Aaron's manager for Jacksonville in 1953, when Aaron, Felix Mantilla and Horace Garner helped integrate the South Atlantic League. When the black players stayed at separate lodgings, Geraghty always stopped over to spend time with them. Aaron feels that the Braves discriminated against Geraghty because he wasn't a polished and stylish person even though he was a very good manager. Dave L. Roberts notes that Geraghty also had a drinking problem. Roberts writes that Geraghty was the most respected manager in the Braves organization. Geraghty's Jacksonville team won the SAL pennant in 1953.

He later was named Minor League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News in 1957 (when he managed Wichita of the American Association) and 1962 (when he managed Jacksonville in the International League).

He compiled a record of 1317-1021 record over 17 seasons managing in the minor leagues. He was a minor league manager for many years with the Boston Braves-Milwaukee Braves franchise, and also managed in the minors for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, and New York Giants. He was managing the Jacksonville Suns at the time of his death.

On June 24, 1946, Geraghty was one of the survivors of a bus crash that killed nine members of the Spokane Indians of the Western International League (including Chris Hartje). Geraghty climbed the hill which the bus had careened down and got help. People said this caused some of his drinking problems and also made him a far more nervous individual.

Sources: "A Baseball Odyssey" by Dave Roberts and Tony Salin, "I Had a Hammer" by Hank Aaron

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1946 Spokane Indians Western International League 7th none none replaced Glenn Wright 6/26
1947 Spokane Indians Western International League 87-67 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers none
1948 Meridian Peps Southeastern League 15-31 -- Cleveland Indians -- replaced by Jack Maupin (48-46) on May 30
Palatka Azaleas Florida State League 17-44 8th none replaced Charlie Bowles on June 30
1949 Bristol Twins Appalachian League 76-41 3rd New York Giants Lost League Finals
1950 Bristol Twins Appalachian League 74-47 2nd New York Giants League Champs
1951 Jacksonville Tars South Atlantic League 79-58 2nd New York Giants Lost League Finals
1952 Jacksonville Tars South Atlantic League 69-85 7th New York Giants
1953 Jacksonville (FL) Braves South Atlantic League 93-44 1st Milwaukee Braves Lost League Finals
1954 Jacksonville (FL) Braves South Atlantic League 83-57 1st Milwaukee Braves Lost League Finals
1955 Jacksonville (FL) Braves South Atlantic League 79-61 2nd Milwaukee Braves Lost in 1st round
1956 Jacksonville (FL) Braves South Atlantic League 87-53 1st Milwaukee Braves League Champs
1957 Wichita Braves American Association 93-61 1st Milwaukee Braves Lost in 1st round
1958 Wichita Braves American Association 83-71 2nd Milwaukee Braves Lost in 1st round
1959 Louisville Colonels American Association 97-65 1st Milwaukee Braves Lost in 1st round
1960 Louisville Colonels American Association 10-8 -- Milwaukee Braves -- replaced by Bill Adair (75-60) on May 6
1961 Louisville Colonels American Association 80-70 2nd Milwaukee Braves League Champs
1962 Jacksonville Suns International League 94-60 1st Cleveland Indians Lost League Finals
1963 Jacksonville Suns International League 26-39 -- Cleveland Indians -- replaced by Casey Wise (30-52) on June 18

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