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1979 Nashville Sounds Majik 93/Sun Drop George Scherger

George Richard Scherger (Sugar Bear)

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George Scherger was a second baseman for 14 years (1940-1956), all in the low minors (1940-1942; 1946-1956), losing three years to the Military. He broke into Organized Baseball at age 19 with Superior in the Northern League. With Superior, he hit .319 in 20 games and moved on to Newport in the Northeast Arkansas League (1940-1941), the Olean Oilers in the PONY League (1942) and the Kingsport Dodgers in the Appalachian League (1942).

He entered the U.S. Armed Forces for World War II (BR). Discharged when the War was over, he returned to the minors with Danville in the Three-I League (1946), Kingston in the North Atlantic League through July 22, 1947, Thomasville in the North Carolina State League (1947), Olean again in the PONY League (1948), Three Rivers in the Canadian-American League (1949-1950), Ponca City in the K.O.M. League (1951), Santa Barbara in the California League (1952-1953), Newport News in the Piedmont League (1954-1955) and Cedar Rapids in the Three-I League (1956), ending his playing career at age 35.

He played in the lower minors, never higher then the California League. He hit over .300 in two seasons. The second baseman led the Canadian-American and K-O-M Leagues in fielding in 1949 and 1951, respectively. In 1948, his best year in the minors, he had 161 hits, 95 runs, 49 doubles, 6 triples, 3 home runs and 60 RBI at .324/~.379/.465 in 127 games. Overall in the minors, he had 837 hits, 589 runs, 172 doubles, 53 triples, 11 home runs and 413 RBI at .253/~.311/.347 in 971 games.

He was a player-manager from 1947 to 1956 and then turned to managing and coaching full-time with Panama City in the Alabama-Florida League (1961), Ozark-Andalusia in the Alabama-Florida League (1962), Salisbury in the Western Carolinas League (1963-1964), St. Petersburg in the Florida State League (1965), Tampa in the Florida State League (1967-1968) and the GCL Reds in the Gulf Coast League (1969). George had managed for 19 years at levels never higher then the Three-I League. His teams finished first five times. Scherger also managed the Cincinnati franchises in the Florida Instructional Leagues from 1967 through 1969.

He was a coach for the Cincinnati Reds (1970-1978). Scherger replaced Chuck Goggin as manager of the Nashville Sounds in the Southern Association in 1979. He was named manager of the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association in 1981 and returned to Cincinnati as a coach (1982-1986).

He celebrated his 85th birthday in November 2005 at his residence in Charlotte, NC. He passed away at home at age 90 in 2011

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[edit] Quotes

  • "With a man on second base and two outs, there is no better hitter in all of baseball than Tony Perez."
  • "He was my first manager I ever had in 1953 when I broke into the Dodgers organization. I begged him to come with me. I used to say, 'George, what does that sign say over there?' He'd say, 'Manager.' I said, 'Funny thing it's on my door. I got the title, and you're the skipper.' --Sparky Anderson
  • "Sparky did a great job with the superstars, keeping them happy. Larry Shepard, the pitching coach, more or less kept the pitchers happy. George Scherger kept (the utility players) happy. Klu (Ted Kluszewski) sat in the dugout and kept everybody happy. And Alex Grammas kept Sparky happy." --Jack Billingham on the Big Red Machine.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1947 Kingston Dodgers North Atlantic League -- Brooklyn Dodgers -- replaced by George Pratt
Thomasville (NC) Dodgers North Carolina State League 5th Brooklyn Dodgers replaced George Pratt
1948 Olean Oilers PONY League 60-66 7th Brooklyn Dodgers
1949 Trois-Rivières Royals Canadian-American League 75-64 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1950 Trois-Rivières Royals Canadian-American League 46-90 8th Brooklyn Dodgers
1951 Ponca City Dodgers Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League 85-39 1st Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1952 Santa Barbara Dodgers California League 74-66 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1953 Santa Barbara Dodgers California League 74-66 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1954 Newport News Dodgers Piedmont League 76-63 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1955 Newport News Dodgers Piedmont League 77-52 1st Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1956 Cedar Rapids Raiders Three-I League 44-76 7th Brooklyn Dodgers
1961 Panama City Fliers Alabama-Florida League 55-64 5th Los Angeles Dodgers
1962 Andalusia Dodgers/Ozark Dodgers Alabama-Florida League 54-66 5th Los Angeles Dodgers
1963 Salisbury Dodgers Western Carolinas League 73-53 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1964 Salisbury Dodgers Western Carolinas League 77-51 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1965 St. Petersburg Saints Florida State League 68-69 4th Los Angeles Dodgers none
1967 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League 55-71 7th Cincinnati Reds
1968 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League 74-62 4th Cincinnati Reds
1969 GCL Reds Gulf Coast League 30-24 3rd Cincinnati Reds none
1979 Nashville Sounds Southern League 83-61 2nd Cincinnati Reds League Champs
1980 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League 64-67 5th Cincinnati Reds
1981 Waterbury Reds Eastern League 55-83 7th Cincinnati Reds
1982 Indianapolis Indians American Association 75-61 1st Cincinnati Reds League Champs
1988 Nashville Sounds American Association 0-1 -- Cincinnati Reds -- managed July 3


[edit] Sources

Principal sources for George Scherger include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (1970-1978) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) and The Southern Association in Baseball, 1885-1961 by Marshall D. Wright; The American Association: Year-By-Year Statistics for the Baseball Minor League, 1902-1952 by Marshall D. Wright and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.

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