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Max Cullen Macon

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Max Macon began his big league career primarily as a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers. He was acquired by the Boston Braves in 1944 and became the team's regular first baseman. He then returned to the minors and became manager of the Modesto Reds in the middle of the 1949 season while leading the California League with a .383 average and hitting safely in 34 consecutive games during the course of the year. He became skipper of the Hazard Bombers in 1950 and led the Mountain States League with a .392 batting average that season. The next year, he led the Bombers to a league title while hitting .409 with 17 home runs and a league-best 139 runs scored, 148 RBI, and 54 doubles. He also went 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 7 appearances out of the pen.

The following season would see Macon migrating from the North Atlantic to the Florida International League, once again signing on as player-manager, this time for the Miami Sun Sox. Though his personal numbers would drop dramatically that season, Macon's managerial skills showed no signs of eroding, as he once again took his team to the promised land.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1949 Modesto Reds California League 47-70 7th Pittsburgh Pirates Replaced William Jackson (7-15) on May 13
1950 Hazard Bombers Mountain States League 76-49 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1951 Hazard Bombers Mountain States League 93-33 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1952 Miami Sun Sox Florida International League 104-48 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1953 Fort Worth Cats Texas League 82-72 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1954 Montreal Royals International League 88-66 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1955 St. Paul Saints American Association 75-78 5th Brooklyn Dodgers
1956 St. Paul Saints American Association 66-66 -- Brooklyn Dodgers -- Replaced by Roy Hartsfield (9-12) on August 31
1957 St. Paul Saints American Association 82-72 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1958 St. Paul Saints American Association 70-84 7th Los Angeles Dodgers
1959 St. Paul Saints American Association 81-81 5th (t) Los Angeles Dodgers
1960 Columbia Reds South Atlantic League 83-56 1st Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
1961 Macon Peaches Southern Association 17-32 -- none -- Replaced by Jerry Snyder (58-47) on May 31
1963 Jamestown Tigers New York-Penn League 5-1 -- Detroit Tigers -- Replaced John O'Neil on June 20
Replaced by Fred Hatfield (33-44) on June 26

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[edit] Books

  • Bill Christine: Roberto! The Man... The Player...The Humanitarian...The Life and Times of Roberto Clemente (New York, Stadia Sports Publishing, Inc. 1973), pp. 59-66
  • Phil Musick: Who was Roberto? A Biography of Roberto Clemente (Garden City, Doubleday & Company, 1974), pp. 80-89
  • Mike Shannon: More Tales from the Dugout: More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories of All Time (New York, McGraw-Hill, 2004), pp. 156-157
  • Don Zimmer, Bill Madden: Zim: A Baseball Life (Kingston,NY; Total/Sports Illustrated; 2001), p. 7

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