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Clyde Edward King

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Pitcher Clyde King played seven seasons in the majors, mostly with the Brooklyn Dodgers. After his playing days, he was a big league manager for several teams and spent time as the New York Yankees General Manager. Overall, his baseball career lasted over six decades.

Signed by the Dodgers prior to the 1944 season, 20-year-old King was in the majors with the team by June, going 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA in 14 outings as a rookie. He bounced between the majors and minors over the next several years and spent most of 1948 through 1950 with the Montreal Royals. He had his best big league season in 1951, going 14-7 while primarily pitching out of the bullpen. Following the 1952 campaign, he was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds for Dixie Howell. He played his final game in the majors with the Reds in 1953 and continued in the minors through 1955.

After his playing career ended, King was skipper of the Atlanta Crackers in 1955 and 1956, winning a Southern Association championship in the latter season. After two years managing in the Pittsburgh Pirates chain, he began 1959 as a Cincinnati Redlegs coach and ended the summer as the Rochester Red Wings manager, a post he held through 1962. He was then a St. Louis Cardinals pitching instructor in 1963 and 1964 and a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff from 1965 to 1967.

Moving on to the San Francisco Giants organization, King managed the Phoenix Giants in 1968 before being promoted to skipper of the big league club in 1969. However, after a slow start in 1970, he was replaced as skipper by Charlie Fox on May 24th. He then joined the Atlanta Braves system as manager of the Richmond Braves for two summers before becoming a special assistant to the Atlanta GM of the Atlanta Braves in 1973. He replaced Eddie Mathews as the team's manager on July 25th, 1974 but was in turn succeeded by Connie Ryan a little over a year later.

King was then a member of the New York Yankees coaching staff in 1978 and 1981 and managed the team for part of the turbulent 1982 season. He served as Yankees General Manager in 1985 and 1986 and was a member of the team's coaching staff again in 1988. From 1998 to 2005, he was a special assistant to the GM of the Yankees.

King died in 2010 at age 86. His brother, Claude King, was a minor league pitcher.


Preceded by
Herman Franks
San Francisco Giants Manager
1969-1970
Succeeded by
Charlie Fox
Preceded by
Eddie Mathews
Atlanta Braves Manager
1974-1975
Succeeded by
Connie Ryan
Preceded by
Gene Michael
New York Yankees Manager
1982
Succeeded by
Billy Martin
Preceded by
Murray Cook
New York Yankees General Manager
1985-1986
Succeeded by
Woody Woodward

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1955 Atlanta Crackers Southern Association 18-33 7th Milwaukee Braves replaced Marv Rackley on July 23
1956 Atlanta Crackers Southern Association 89-65 1st Milwaukee Braves League Champs
1957 Hollywood Stars Pacific Coast League 94-74 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates none
1958 Columbus Jets International League 77-77 4th Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1959 Rochester Red Wings International League 21-19 5th St. Louis Cardinals replaced Cot Deal (53-59) on August 3
1960 Rochester Red Wings International League 81-73 3rd St. Louis Cardinals Lost League Finals
1961 Rochester Red Wings International League 77-78 4th Baltimore Orioles Lost League Finals
1962 Rochester Red Wings International League 82-72 4th Baltimore Orioles Lost in 1st round
1968 Phoenix Giants Pacific Coast League 76-71 5th San Francisco Giants
1969 San Francisco Giants National League 90-72 2nd San Francisco Giants
1970 San Francisco Giants National League 19-23 -- San Francisco Giants replaced by Charlie Fox on May 24
1971 Richmond Braves International League 69-71 6th Atlanta Braves
1972 Richmond Braves International League 65-78 6th Atlanta Braves
1974 Atlanta Braves National League 38-25 3rd Atlanta Braves replaced Eddie Mathews (50-49) on July 25
1975 Atlanta Braves National League 58-76 -- Atlanta Braves replaced by Connie Ryan on August 31
1982 New York Yankees American League 29-33 5th New York Yankees replaced Bob Lemon (6-8) and Gene Michael (44-42) on August 4

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