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Gene William Lamont

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[edit] Biographical Information

Gene Lamont has been a major league player, coach and manager. The Chicago White Sox teams which he managed in 1993-94 won their division.

He was the first round selection of the Detroit Tigers in the 1965 amateur draft and went on to play five seasons in the majors and 12 in the minors, primarily as a catcher.

Most of his major league at-bats came with the 1974 Tigers under manager Ralph Houk. Gene was one of three players who all appeared many times at catcher - Jerry Moses was in 74 games at the position, Bill Freehan was in 63 games at catcher and 65 at first base, and Gene Lamont was in 60 games at catcher. Moses would be traded before the 1975 season, and Lamont would get into only 4 games the next year with the Tigers, while Freehan would be the regular catcher. Lamont hit .217 on 1974, but the whole team only averaged .247.

After several stints as a player with the Tigers, he went on to serve as a Pittsburgh Pirates coach under skipper Jim Leyland from 1986 to 1991.

After managing the Chicago White Sox from 1992 to 1995, he returned to the Pirates coaching staff in 1996. In 1997, he replaced Leyland as the team's skipper, a position he held through 2000.

Lamont spent 2001 as a Boston Red Sox coach and was a member of the Houston Astros coaching staff for the next three seasons. In 2005, he managed the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, and following that season he rejoined the Tigers as a third base coach and was reunited with his mentor, Jim Leyland.

His son, Wade Lamont, was selected by the Tigers in the 29th round of the 2007 amateur draft and currently plays in their organization.

[edit] Notable Achievements

Preceded by
Jeff Torborg
Chicago White Sox Manager
1992-1995
Succeeded by
Terry Bevington
Preceded by
Jim Leyland
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
1997-2000
Succeeded by
Lloyd McClendon


[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1978 Fort Myers Royals Florida State League 71-66 6th Kansas City Royals Lost in 1st round
1979 Fort Myers Royals Florida State League 69-69 5th Kansas City Royals
1980 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 63-81 8th Kansas City Royals
1981 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 65-77 8th Kansas City Royals
1982 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 83-61 1st Kansas City Royals Lost League Finals
1983 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 77-68 4th Kansas City Royals Lost League Finals
1984 Omaha Royals American Association 68-86 8th Kansas City Royals
1985 Omaha Royals American Association 73-69 4th Kansas City Royals
1992 Chicago White Sox American League 86-76 3rd Chicago White Sox
1993 Chicago White Sox American League 94-68 1st Chicago White Sox Lost ALCS
1994 Chicago White Sox American League 67-46 1st Chicago White Sox postseason cancelled
1995 Chicago White Sox American League 11-20 -- Chicago White Sox replaced by Terry Bevington on June 2
1997 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 79-83 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates
1998 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 69-93 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
1999 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 78-83 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates
2000 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 69-93 5th Pittsburgh Pirates
2005 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons International League 69-75 9th (t) Philadelphia Phillies

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