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Ollie Charles Vanek

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[edit] Biographical Information

Ollie Vanek was a minor league player, manager, and longtime scout.

Vanek played football at Northwestern University and later was a school teacher in a St. Louis high school during the off-season.

Vanek played minor league ball from 1930 to 1932 in the Mississippi Valley League, then returned from 1937 to 1946, in the St. Louis Cardinals chain.

As a scout for the Cardinals, Vanek is credited with discovering Stan Musial.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1937 Monessen Cardinals Pennsylvania State Association St. Louis Cardinals replaced John Lynch
1938 Greensburg Green Sox Pennsylvania State Association 37-60 4th none
1939 Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League 69-51 3rd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1940 Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League St. Louis Cardinals replaced by George Silvey
Springfield (MO) Cardinals Western Association St. Louis Cardinals replaced George Silvey
1941 Springfield (MO) Cardinals Western Association 92-43 2nd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1942 Williamson Red Birds Mountain State League -- St. Louis Cardinals -- replaced by Jack Angle July 28
Asheville Tourists Piedmont League 6th St. Louis Cardinals replaced Bill DeLancey July 28
1943 Lynchburg Cardinals Piedmont League 54-74 5th St. Louis Cardinals
1944 Allentown Cardinals Interstate League 77-62 1st St. Louis Cardinals Lost League Finals
1945 Allentown Cardinals Interstate League 68-71 4th St. Louis Cardinals Lost League Finals
1946 Allentown Cardinals Interstate League 69-70 4th St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1947 Omaha Cardinals Western League 67-62 4th St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1948 Omaha Cardinals Western League 62-78 6th St. Louis Cardinals

5/29/41 TSN

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