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Johnny Bilton Wockenfuss

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John Wockenfuss was a down-home country boy from the South. "John B" was a fan-favorite during his 10-year stay with the Detroit Tigers. A tobacco-chewing and rather laid-back individual, he was a decent hitter and a versatile (though unspectacular) fielder and receiver. He also had one of the quirkiest batting stance of his time, holding the bat completely over his head with his right elbow sticking out and his right hand fluttering while waiting for the pitch. It worked for him, even if it looked goofy.

Though he hit a solid if unspectacular .262 in the majors, Wockenfuss is remembered by Toronto Blue Jays fans of the late seventies and early eighties as a hitter to rival Ty Cobb. His .376 average over 7 seasons against Toronto still remains the highest batting average ever recorded against the Jays, by anyone who has had over 50 at-bats against them.

As of 2008, is the only player in Major League history with a last name that starts with "Woc". There are currently no players in the minor leagues that have a chance of "threatening" this title any time soon.

[edit] Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1987 Lakeland Tigers Florida State League 74-61 4th Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1988 Glens Falls Tigers Eastern League 80-57 1st Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1989 Toledo Mud Hens International League 69-76 6th Detroit Tigers
1990 Toledo Mud Hens International League 10-14 -- Detroit Tigers replaced by Tom Gamboa on April 29
1992 Salem Buccaneers Carolina League 64-76 8th Pittsburgh Pirates
1993 Carolina Mudcats Southern League 45-29 -- Pittsburgh Pirates replaced Spin Williams (29-38) from May 20 to August 11
1996 Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs Northeast League 55-25 1st (t) Independent Leagues League Champs
1997 Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs Northeast League 51-33 1st Independent Leagues Lost League Finals

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