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John George Brandt Jr.

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Known to be somewhat eccentric Jackie Brandt was nicknamed "Flakey" but on the field he was a dependable hitter and a Gold Glove-winning outfielder. Jackie was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent before the 1953 season and after three good seasons in the minors had worked his way up to the Cardinals' roster to start the season in 1956. Brandt stated: "I wasn't getting much playing time and Frank Lane, the general Manager, figured I was going to be drafted into the service and traded me to the New York Giants."

Jackie hit .298 for the 1956 season, split between St. Louis and New York, before entering the United States Army, missing all of the 1957 season and getting back in time to appear in only 18 games in 1958. He was ready for the start of the 1959 season, though, when he hit .270 for the now San Francisco Giants and won his Gold Glove award.

He was then traded to the Baltimore Orioles before the 1960 season and was a fixture in the Orioles' outfield until 1965, hitting .297 in 1961 with career highs of 19 homers and 75 RBIs in 1962. He concluded his eleven-year big league stay back in the National League with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros in 1967.

The .262 lifetime hitter stated: "I had over 1,000 base hits and 100 home runs in the majors, but my greatest thrills and memories are of the people I was around. Willie Mays and Brooks Robinson were my teammates. When I first came up my locker was right next to Stan Musial's and when Ted Williams homered in his last at-bat, he hit it over my head."

Jackie had 17 active playing seasons in professional baseball from 1953 through 1970 and four years of managing from 1971 through 1974.

Jackie managed in the minors in the Astros and San Diego Padres organizations before returning home to Omaha, NE and becoming a driver for United Parcel Service. "It was a great job for me with lots of physical activity with good wages, benefits and a pension plan," he said.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (1961)
  • NL Gold Glove Winner (1959/LF)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1971 Sumter Astros Western Carolinas League 47-80 5th Houston Astros
1972 Columbus Astros Southern League 59-80 7th Houston Astros
1973 Alexandria Aces Texas League 59-77 8th San Diego Padres
1974 Alexandria Aces Texas League -- -- San Diego Padres replaced by Ken Bracey

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Baseball-Reference.com
Baseball Players of the 1950s
SABR MILB Database:page

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