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Edward Raymond Stanky
(The Brat or Muggsy)

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[edit] Biographical Information

Eddie Stanky played 11 years in the majors and managed for eight years. He led the league three times in walks and once in runs scored. Primarily a second baseman, he appeared in three World Series and three All-Star Games.

Stanky as a player drew huge numbers of walks, with a peak of 148 with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945. He was in the top 3 in the league in walks six different times. A second baseman with good defensive range, Stanky's walks helped him get on base enough to score many runs even though he wasn't a base-stealer. He led the league in runs scored in 1945. His highest finish in the MVP voting was third in 1950 when he was with the New York Giants in the year before Willie Mays broke in.

The similarity scores method shows the most similar player to Stanky as Max Bishop, who also drew many walks. Stanky was the son-in-law of Milt Stock.

After serving as a player-manager for the St. Louis Cardinals and a Cleveland Indians coach in the 1950s, the fiery Stanky went on to manage the Chicago White Sox in the 1960s, almost winning the pennant in 1967. He later managed the 1977 Texas Rangers for only one game before quitting.

Stanky was the baseball coach at the University of South Alabama for 14 years, where he had substantial success and coached a number of future major leaguers.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 3-time NL All-Star (1947, 1948 & 1950)
  • 2-time NL On-Base Percentage Leader (1946 & 1950)
  • NL Runs Scored Leader (1945)
  • 3-time NL Bases on Balls Leader (1945, 1946 & 1950)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1945 & 1950)
  • ML Manager of the Year Award (1952)


Preceded by
Marty Marion
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
1952-1955
Succeeded by
Harry Walker
Preceded by
Al Lopez
Chicago White Sox Manager
1966-1968
Succeeded by
Les Moss
Preceded by
Frank Lucchesi
Texas Rangers Manager
1977
Succeeded by
Connie Ryan

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1952 St. Louis Cardinals National League 88-66 3rd St. Louis Cardinals
1953 St. Louis Cardinals National League 83-71 3rd St. Louis Cardinals
1954 St. Louis Cardinals National League 72-82 6th St. Louis Cardinals
1955 St. Louis Cardinals National League 17-19 -- St. Louis Cardinals replaced by Harry Walker on May 28
1956 Minneapolis Millers American Association 78-75 4th New York Giants Lost in 1st round
1966 Chicago White Sox American League 83-79 4th Chicago White Sox
1967 Chicago White Sox American League 89-73 4th Chicago White Sox
1968 Chicago White Sox American League 34-45 -- Chicago White Sox replaced by Les Moss on July 12
1977 Texas Rangers American League 1-0 -- Texas Rangers replaced Frank Lucchesi (31-31) on June 22 /
replaced by Connie Ryan on June 23

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