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William James Fanning

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[edit] Biographical Information

After his playing career ended Jim Fanning was a minor league manager and an Atlanta Braves scout (1963-1964) before becoming an assistant GM for the Braves. He went on to become the first General Manager of the expansion Montreal Expos. He held that position until 1976 and went on to serve two stints as the club's manager. He remained with the Expos organization for over 20 years. He was also the Expos' radio commentator from 1993 to 2000. Fanning then moved to the Toronto Blue Jays as the "Ambassador, Amateur Baseball Canada". He acquired Canadian citizenship in 2012, at the age of 84. His wife Marie is Canadian, as were his two children, Cynthia and Frank, by virtue of being born in the country where Fanning has lived most of his adult life.

Fanning was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000, in recognition of his long career with the Expos.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • Division Titles: 1 (1981)

Preceded by
Montreal Expos General Manager
Succeeded by
Charlie Fox
Preceded by
Dick Williams
Montréal Expos Manager
Succeeded by
Bill Virdon
Preceded by
Bill Virdon
Montréal Expos Manager
Succeeded by
Buck Rodgers

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1958 Tulsa Oilers Texas League 26-27 7th Philadelphia Phillies replaced Al Widmar (45-54) on July 20
1959 Dallas Rangers American Association 30-30 9th none replaced Fred Martin (45-57) on July 18
1960 Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers American Association 64-90 8th Kansas City A's
1961 Eau Claire Braves Northern League 52-78 5th Milwaukee Braves
1962 Eau Claire Braves Northern League 65-59 3rd Milwaukee Braves League Champs GM also
1963 Greenville Braves Western Carolinas League 20-16 -- Milwaukee Braves replaced by Paul Snyder (29-39)
1981 Montreal Expos National League 16-11 2nd Montreal Expos Lost NLCS replaced Dick Williams (44-37) on September 8
1982 Montreal Expos National League 86-76 3rd Montreal Expos
1984 Montreal Expos National League 14-16 5th Montreal Expos replaced Bill Virdon (64-67) on August 30

[edit] Record as General Manager

[edit] Draft Picks

Expansion Draft

1st Round Picks

Other Notable Selections

[edit] Significant Trades

[edit] Significant Signings

[edit] Further Reading

  • Danny Gallagher: "Fanning has spent 55 years in the game", in Remembering the Montreal Expos, Scoop Press, Toronto, ON, 2005, pp. 181-191.

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