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Cornelius Joseph Ryan

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[edit] Biographical Information

Infielder Connie Ryan was the first person to receive a full baseball scholarship to Louisiana State University. Prior to reaching the majors, he played for the Atlanta Crackers.

Ryan entered the Navy in July 1944 and was discharged in January 1946.

He was probably the only player ever in major league history to be tossed from a game for coming to bat while wearing a rain coat. He did it to protest to the umpires for not stopping the game because of a heavy rain.

After his playing career ended, Ryan was a Milwaukee Braves coach in 1957 and a coach for the Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers in 1960. He was a member of the Atlanta Braves staff in 1971 and again from 1973 to 1975, and he managed the club late in the 1975 season. He later was a Texas Rangers coach from 1977 to 1979 and was the team's interim skipper in 1977 after Eddie Stanky's resignation.

Ryan also spent time as a scout with the Braves (1969-1970), Rangers, Houston Astros (1961, 1963-1966), Kansas City Athletics ((1967), and Oakland Athletics and is credited for discovering Vida Blue.

Ryan's son, Al Ryan, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the January 1971 draft.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL All-Star (1944)


Preceded by
Clyde King
Atlanta Braves Manager
1975
Succeeded by
Dave Bristol
Preceded by
Eddie Stanky
Texas Rangers Manager
1977
Succeeded by
Billy Hunter

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1955 Corpus Christi Clippers Big State League 93-48 1st Milwaukee Braves League Champs
1956 Austin Senators Texas League 72-82 6th Milwaukee Braves
1958 Seattle Rainiers Pacific Coast League 68-86 8th Cincinnati Redlegs
1962 Oklahoma City 89ers American Association 66-81 5th Houston Colt .45s
1967 GCL Athletics Gulf Coast League 35-22 1st Kansas City Athletics none League Champs
1968 Magic Valley Cowboys Pioneer League 30-31 4th Atlanta Braves
1969 Magic Valley Cowboys Pioneer League 39-33 3rd Atlanta Braves
1975 Atlanta Braves National League 9-18 5th Atlanta Braves replaced Clyde King (58-76) on August 31
1977 Texas Rangers American League 2-4 -- Texas Rangers replaced Frank Lucchesi (31-31) and Eddie Stanky (1-0) on June 23
replaced by Billy Hunter on June 28

[edit] Further Reading

  • John McMurray: "Connie Ryan", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 242-246. ISBN 978-1933599717

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