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John Charles Bottarini

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John Bottarini played 18 years in the minors, coming to the majors with the 1937 Cubs and hitting pretty well. He posted a batting line of .275/.370/.425.

In the minors Bottarini played the first part of his career in the PCL, playing for Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was on the 1933 San Francisco Seals with the young Joe DiMaggio and Vince DiMaggio.

Bottarini might have played more for the 1937 Cubs, but the 36-year-old Gabby Hartnett had one of his best years, hitting .354 and finishing second in the MVP voting.

John spent 1939-42 playing for Syracuse, and eventually closed out his minor league playing career in 1950. For three seasons he was a player-manager in the minors.

His baseball career was interrupted by World War II. He served in the Army Air Force and played service ball. After his playing days he was an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico. He drowned in a boating accident in 1976.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1947 Clovis Pioneers West Texas-New Mexico League 8th none replaced Jack Riley
1948 Clovis Pioneers West Texas-New Mexico League -- none -- replaced by Clarence Novotney August 7
1950 Sweetwater Swatters Longhorn League -- none -- replaced by Dominic Chiola August 1

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