John Coleman Nee
Johnny Nee was a major league baseball scout and a minor league player-manager.
Nee, a young minor league infielder of 22, was chosen to skipper the Terre Haute team in 1912 as a player-manager. He served as a player-manager at many of his minor league stops including his last post as the leader of the Virginia League Kinston Eagles (1925-1926). During that final managerial season, one of his young charges was future Hall of Famer Rick Ferrell.
Starting in 1927, Nee began a long career as a major league scout for the New York Yankees and was credited with discovering many future major leaguers including Bill Dickey, Gene Bearden , Marv Breuer , Ben Chapman , Atley Donald , Tommy Henrich , Chink Outen , Billy Werber , Johnny Allen , Dixie Walker , Spud Chandler , Billy Hitchcock and Willie Jones. He left the Yankees for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1946. At the end of the 1949 season, Nee was named head of the Phillies farm system.
Nee and his wife of many years, Willa (née Harpe), lived in Pinellas County, Florida where Willa passed away in 1952 and Johnny died in 1957.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1912||Terre Haute Terre-iers||Central League||10th||none||replaced Angus Grant|
|1913||Dayton Veterans||Central League||62-77||4th||none|
|1914||Dayton Veterans||Central League||85-49||1st||none League Champs|
|1916||Dayton Veterans||Central League||73-57||2nd||League Champs|
|1917||Dayton Veterans||Central League||44-68||7th|
|1918||Topeka Kaw-nees / Hutchinson Salt Packers||Western League||37-31||2nd||League suspended operations July 7|
|1919||Evansville Evas||Three-I League||63-58||3rd||none|
|1920||San Antonio Bears||Texas League||79-71||5th||none|
|1921||San Antonio Bears||Texas League||60-98||8th||none|
|1922||Evansville Evas||Three-I League||74-64||4th||none|
|1923||Evansville Evas||Three-I League||72-65||5th||none|
|1924||Augusta Tygers||South Atlantic League||74-47||1st||League Champs|
|1925||Kinston Eagles||Virginia League||52-80||6th||none|
|1926||Kinston Eagles||Virginia League||69-83||5th||none|