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Miguel Angel Gonzalez Cordero

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Cover of a Cuban magazine, likely from 1947, showing Habana manager Miguel Angel Gonzalez at left.

Cuban-born Mike Gonzalez had a seventeen-year career as a catcher, all in the National League. He played seventeen years in spite of being out of the majors in the middle of his career, playing for the St. Paul Saints in 1922 and 1923. He also played for the Cuban Stars, a mixed-race team that featured Cuban players who could play in the major leagues, and others who were restricted to the Negro Leagues by the color line.

After his playing career ended, Gonzalez spent 1933 as a player/coach for the Columbus Red Birds. He was later a longtime St. Louis Cardinals coach and served two brief stints as the club's manager, becoming the first Cuban to manage in the majors.

The book Sport in Cuba indicates that Gonzalez bought the Havana Reds in 1946, a team he had previously managed.

Gonzalez is often cited as the originator of the phrase "good field, no hit".

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Preceded by
Frankie Frisch
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
1938
Succeeded by
Ray Blades
Preceded by
Ray Blades
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
1940
Succeeded by
Billy Southworth

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1938 St. Louis Cardinals National League 8-8 6th St. Louis Cardinals replaced Frankie Frisch (63-72) on September 14
1940 St. Louis Cardinals National League 1-5 -- St. Louis Cardinals replaced Ray Blades (14-24) on June 7 /
replaced by Billy Southworth on June 14

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