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William Robert Steinecke

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Bill Steinecke was a minor league manager for 22 years between 1937 and 1964, the first half as player/manager. He almost always managed in the low minors, and was for many years in the Milwaukee Braves chain. He is probably best known to readers of baseball literature as the manager of the 1959 McCook Braves, for whom Pat Jordan pitched (Phil Niekro and Elrod Hendricks were also on that team, among others). In Jordan's classic tale of disillusionment, A False Spring, "Steiny" comes across as a profane but endearing character.

Steinecke also scouted for the Montreal Expos in 1969.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1937 Savannah Indians South Atlantic League -- Pittsburgh Pirates -- replaced by Chick Autry
Jacksonville Tars South Atlantic League 4th Washington Senators Lost in 1st round replaced Alex McColl
1940 Jacksonville Tars Florida State League -- none -- replaced by Nelson Leach
1944 Portsmouth Cubs Piedmont League -- Chicago Cubs -- replaced by Jimmie Foxx
1946 St. Augustine Saints Florida State League 75-62 3rd none Lost in 1st round
1947 DeLand Red Hats Florida State League 80-58 3rd none Lost in 1st round
1948 Suffolk Goobers Virginia League 83-52 1st none Lost in 1st round
1949 Suffolk Goobers Virginia League -- none -- replaced by Paul Badgett July 22
1950 Leesburg Packers Florida State League 7th none replaced Floyd Clift on May 20
1951 Palatka Azaleas Florida State League 80-59 3rd none Lost League Finals
1952 Palatka Azaleas Florida State League 78-59 3rd none League Champs
1953 Jesup Bees Georgia State League 78-46 2nd none Lost in 1st round
1954 Harlan Smokies Mountain States League 39-33 2nd none League disbanded on July 20
Cocoa Indians Florida State League 5th none replaced Bama Rowell on July 26
1955 West Palm Beach Indians Florida State League 71-68 5th Milwaukee Braves none
1956 McCook Braves Nebraska State League 35-28 4th Milwaukee Braves none
1957 McCook Braves Nebraska State League 27-29 6th Milwaukee Braves none
1958 McCook Braves Nebraska State League 40-23 2nd Milwaukee Braves none
1959 McCook Braves Nebraska State League 43-19 1st Milwaukee Braves none League Champs
1960 Eau Claire Braves Northern League 58-66 7th Milwaukee Braves
1961 Wellsville Braves New York-Penn League 55-71 7th Milwaukee Braves
1962 Dublin Braves Georgia-Florida League 68-50 2nd Milwaukee Braves none
1963 Waycross Braves Georgia-Florida League 56-63 3rd Milwaukee Braves none
1964 Greenville Braves Western Carolinas League 4th Milwaukee Braves Co-manager w/Jimmy Brown until June 30

Steinecke also managed the Milwaukee Braves' entry in the 1962 Florida Instructional League.

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