- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10½", Weight 175 lb.
- School Sterling College
- High School Pfeifer High School
- Debut April 19, 1948
- Final Game August 11, 1951
- Born February 8, 1922 in Pfeifer, KS USA
- Died September 22, 2005 in Sierra Vista, AZ USA
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
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.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|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||Dixie Association||67-75||6th||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1972||El Paso Dodgers||Texas League||31-30||--||Los Angeles Dodgers||--||replaced by Stan Wasiak (47-32)|