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Edward William Nottle
("Singing" Ed Nottle)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 180 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Ed Nottle nearly made the majors as a player and as a manager. As a minor league pitcher who began his career in the Chicago White Sox organization in 1960, he was called up once but sent down before appearing in a game. When the Boston Red Sox fired John McNamara in 1988, Nottle was a candidate for the job, but instead the team hired Joe Morgan.

Nottle recorded an album with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra entitled "To Baseball, with Love." His life is the subject of a proposed movie The 26th Man, about a minor league baseball manager and night club singer.

[edit] Managerial Career

Nottle was a coach for the Gastonia Rangers in 1974. He began managing for the Oakland A's with the Bend Timber Hawks in 1978. He moved up to the Eastern League with the Waterbury A's in 1979 and the West Haven Whitecaps in 1980. In 1981 and 1982 he managed the Tacoma Tigers. Nottle spent 1983 on Steve Boros' major league coaching staff, then returned to Tacoma for one more year.

In 1985, Nottle moved over to the Boston Red Sox organization, managing the New Britain Red Sox in 1985, and the Pawtucket Red Sox from 1986 to June 27, 1990, when he was replaced by Johnny Pesky.

In 1989, Nottle replaced Bill Lee as manager of the Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. Shortly thereafter, he was in turn replaced by player Leon Roberts.

In 1993, Nottle began an eight year run as manager of the Sioux City Explorers in the independent Northern League. He led the team to the best record in the league in 1994. In 2001 he managed the Duluth-Superior Dukes in same loop, and moved to the Brockton Rox in 2002. When Brockton moved to the Northeast League in 2003, Nottle stayed with them, leading the team to the league championship. In 2006, Nottle returned to the Sioux City Explorers, this time in the newly formed American Association. In 2008, he became the first manager of the newly-formed Ottawa Rapidz of the Can-Am Association but was fired on July 31; at the time, he was just coming back from a leave of absence to be with his wife, who was suffering from cancer.

Through 2008, Nottle has managed in the minors for 29 years, compiling a record of 1,449-1,567. He was named 1981 Minor League Manager of the Year and Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year for AAA Tacoma. He was also 1987 International League Manager of the Year for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

[edit] Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1978 Bend Timber Hawks Northwest League 35-37 5th Oakland Athletics
1979 Waterbury A's Eastern League 79-91 6th Oakland Athletics
1980 West Haven Whitecaps Eastern League 47-92 8th Oakland Athletics
1981 Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League 78-61 2nd Oakland Athletics Lost League Finals
1982 Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League 84-59 2nd Oakland Athletics Lost in 1st round
1984 Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League 69-71 5th (t) Oakland Athletics
1985 New Britain Red Sox Eastern League 75-64 2nd Boston Red Sox Lost League Finals
1986 Pawtucket Red Sox International League 74-65 3rd Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1987 Pawtucket Red Sox International League 73-67 4th Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1988 Pawtucket Red Sox International League 63-79 6th Boston Red Sox
1989 Pawtucket Red Sox International League 62-84 8th Boston Red Sox Lost league Finals
1989-90 Winter Haven Super Sox SPBA 16-17 -- Senior League replaced Bill Lee (1-6)/
replaced by Leon Roberts (12-20)
1990 Pawtucket Red Sox International League 30-43 -- Boston Red Sox replaced by Johnny Pesky on June 27
1993 Sioux City Explorers Northern League 34-38 4th (t) Independent Leagues
1994 Sioux City Explorers Northern League 52-28 1st Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
1995 Sioux City Explorers Northern League 46-39 3rd Independent Leagues
1996 Sioux City Explorers Northern League 26-58 8th Independent Leagues
1997 Sioux City Explorers Northern League 50-34 2nd Independent Leagues
1998 Sioux City Explorers Northern League 40-46 4th (t) Independent Leagues
1999 Sioux City Explorers Northern League 51-34 1st Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2000 Sioux City Explorers Northern League 44-41 3rd Independent Leagues
2001 Duluth-Superior Dukes Northern League 34-56 8th Independent Leagues
2002 Brockton Rox Northern League East 42-47 6th Independent Leagues
2003 Brockton Rox Northeast League 50-39 3rd Independent Leagues Northeast League Champions
2004 Brockton Rox Northeast League 45-47 5th Independent Leagues
2005 Brockton Rox Can-Am Association 50-42 3rd (t) Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2006 Sioux City Explorers American Association 43-53 7th Independent Leagues
2007 Sioux City Explorers American Association 40-56 7th Independent Leagues
2008 Ottawa Rapidz Can-Am Association 20-43 -- Independent Leagues replaced by Tom Carcione on July 31

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