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John Henry Ganzel

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0½", Weight 195 lb.

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John Ganzel was the brother of Charlie Ganzel and uncle of Babe Ganzel. A first baseman, he played seven seasons in the majors and at least 14 in the minors. He also managed a couple seasons in the majors and 16 in the minors.

Ganzel was born in Kalamazoo, MI. He had a cup of coffee with the 1898 Pirates and then came to the 1900 Orphans for 78 games (and was with Detroit in the minors for 22 games). He was with the 1901 New York Giants and then spent 1902 in the minors with Louisville. In 1903-04 he played for the New York Highlanders and then in 1905-06 he was with Grand Rapids. He came back to the majors one last time in 1907-08 with the Cincinnati Reds. After his time with the Reds he played a few seasons with Rochester.

John had begun managing in 1905-06 with Grand Rapids and then managed the 1908 Cincinnati Reds to a fifth place finish while serving as the regular first baseman. Thereafter, he managed at Rochester from 1909-15, sometimes also playing, before coming back to the majors to manage in the 1915 Federal League for part of the season with the 1915 Brooklyn Tip-Tops.

He later managed Kansas City in the minors for three years, and many years later managed at Laurel and at Orlando.

There were five Ganzel brothers, and the family was called the "First Family" of Michigan baseball. John and Charlie were in the majors, while Fred Ganzel played independent ball, Joe Ganzel played independent ball and in the minors, and George Ganzel played independent ball and in the minors. Source: Ganzel Brothers. The article also notes that at one point, John was the highest-paid minor league manager in the country.

Preceded by
Ned Hanlon
Cincinnati Reds Manager
1908
Succeeded by
Clark Griffith

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1905 Grand Rapids Orphans Central League 77-59 2nd none
1906 Grand Rapids Wolverines Central League 99-52 1st none League Champs
1908 Cincinnati Reds National League 73-81 5th none
Rochester Bronchos Eastern League 8th none replaced Al Buckenberger
1909 Rochester Bronchos Eastern League 90-61 1st none League Champs
1910 Rochester Bronchos Eastern League 92-61 1st none League Champs
1911 Rochester Bronchos Eastern League 98-54 1st none League Champs
1912 Rochester Hustlers International League 86-67 2nd none
1913 Rochester Hustlers International League 92-62 2nd
1914 Rochester Hustlers International League 91-63 3rd none
1915 Rochester Hustlers International League -- -- replaced by Bob Williams Aug 23
Brooklyn Tip-Tops Federal League 17-18 7th none replaced Lee Magee
1917 Kansas City Blues American Association 66-86 7th none
1918 Kansas City Blues American Association 73-30 1st League suspended operations on July 21
1919 Kansas City Blues American Association 86-65 2nd none
1928 Laurel Cardinals Cotton States League -- -- replaced by Bobby Schang July 6
1938 Orlando Senators Florida State League 3rd Lost in 1st round replaced Harold Conn June 17
1939 Orlando Senators Florida State League 54-82 7th
1940 Orlando Senators Florida State League 71-69 4th League Champs

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