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Romanus Basgall

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He played a very important role in developing our record-breaking infield of Cey, Garvey, Lopes and Russell. Monty spent endless hours on the diamond teaching the guys how to play their respective positions... - Tommy Lasorda, on Basgall's impact on the Dodgers' success in the 1970s and 1980s

Monty Basgall was a coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1973 to 1986. For much of that time, he was bench coach for Tommy Lasorda.

Prior to that, he played three years as a second baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1948, 1949, and 1951, fighting Danny Murtaugh for the second base job. His playing career lasted from 1942 to 1958, with the last three years as player/manager in the minor leagues. He missed the 1943-1945 seasons due to military service.

After retiring, he was a scout for the Dodgers from 1959 to 1970 and in 1972.

He was originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, and spent some time with the Montreal Royals. He was with the Fort Worth Cats in 1947. In 1948 he hit .362 with the New Orleans Pelicans. While bouncing up and down with Pittsburgh, he spent parts of two season in Indianapolis. He was with the Hollywood Stars in 1952.

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Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1956 Waco Pirates Big State League 78-62 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates lost in 1st round
1957 Beaumont Pirates Big State League 61-63 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates
1958 Lincoln Chiefs Western League 75-71 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates
1971 Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League 67-75 6th Los Angeles Dodgers
1972 El Paso Dodgers Texas League 31-30 -- Los Angeles Dodgers -- replaced by Stan Wasiak (47-32)

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