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1952 Topps #181 Bob Swift

Robert Virgil Swift

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11½", Weight 180 lb.

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"Pitch him low." - Bob Swift, Tigers catcher, telling his pitcher how to pitch to midget Eddie Gaedel
"I never shook him off once." - pitcher Fred Hutchinson

Bob Swift was a catcher for fourteen years in the big leagues, never playing any other position. Mostly playing for the Detroit Tigers, he appeared in the 1945 World Series.

In addition to managing in the majors, Swift managed the 1956 Albuquerque Dukes, 1961 Duluth-Superior Dukes, and the 1963 Syracuse Chiefs. He also was a major league coach with the Kansas City Athletics and Washington Senators.

In 1966, Swift replaced Chuck Dressen as skipper of the Detroit Tigers after Dressen suffered a heart attack. Two months later, Swift was hospitalized and replaced by coach Frank Skaff. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and died on October 16th. Ironically, Dressen also died that August.

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Preceded by
Chuck Dressen
Detroit Tigers Manager
1965
Succeeded by
Chuck Dressen
Preceded by
Chuck Dressen
Detroit Tigers Manager
1966
Succeeded by
Frank Skaff

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Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1956 Albuquerque Dukes Western League 59-81 7th New York Giants
1961 Duluth-Superior Dukes Northern League 76-52 1st Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1963 Syracuse Chiefs International League 36-27 -- Detroit Tigers replaced by Frank Carswell (44-43) on June 19
1965 Detroit Tigers American League 24-18 -- Detroit Tigers replaced by Chuck Dressen on May 31
1966 Detroit Tigers American League 32-25 -- Detroit Tigers replaced Chuck Dressen (16-10) on May 17
replaced by Frank Skaff on July 14

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