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1952 Topps #215 Hank Bauer

Henry Albert Bauer
(The Marine)

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". . . it was a joy. I was there 11 years and we won nine pennants." - Hank Bauer, talking about his days as a Yankee player
"He was a players' manager. He didn't overcomplicate things.": - Jim Palmer, about Bauer as a manager in Baltimore

Outfielder Hank Bauer was a regular for the New York Yankees for over a decade, playing in the World Series in nine seasons and winning seven times. A solid hitter who also possessed power, Bauer was considered to have one of the strongest and best outfield arms in baseball. After the 1959 season, he was traded along with Don Larsen to the Kansas City Athletics in a seven-player deal that brought Roger Maris to New York.

Bauer became manager of the Athletics during the 1961 season, his final year as a player. He remained the club's skipper through the 1962 season before joining the Baltimore Orioles as a coach in 1963. He took over as the O's manager in 1964 and led the team to a World Series victory in 1966. He remained with the club until 1968, when he was replaced by Earl Weaver. He returned to the Athletics, now located in Oakland, for one last season as manager in 1969.

Prior to his big league career, Bauer served in the Marines during World War II, missing the 1942-1945 seasons. He was wounded during the fighting on Okinawa and earned two Bronze Stars and a pair of Purple Hearts. He died of cancer in 2007 at age 84.

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Preceded by
Joe Gordon
Kansas City A's Manager
1961-1962
Succeeded by
Ed Lopat
Preceded by
Billy Hitchcock
Baltimore Orioles Manager
1964-1968
Succeeded by
Earl Weaver
Preceded by
Bob Kennedy
Oakland A's Manager
1969
Succeeded by
John McNamara

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1961 Kansas City Athletics American League 35-67 9th Kansas City Athletics replaced Joe Gordon (26-33) on June 19
1962 Kansas City Athletics American League 72-90 9th Kansas City Athletics
1964 Baltimore Orioles American League 97-65 3rd Baltimore Orioles
1965 Baltimore Orioles American League 94-68 3rd Baltimore Orioles
1966 Baltimore Orioles American League 97-63 1st Baltimore Orioles World Series Champs
1967 Baltimore Orioles American League 76-85 5th Baltimore Orioles
1968 Baltimore Orioles American League 43-37 -- Baltimore Orioles replaced by Earl Weaver on July 11
1969 Oakland Athletics American League 80-69 -- Oakland Athletics replaced by John McNamara on September 19
1971 Tidewater Tides International League 79-61 2nd New York Mets Lost League Finals
1972 Tidewater Tides International League 78-65 3rd New York Mets League Champs

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