Pinky Higgins

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Michael Franklin Higgins
(Pinky)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pinky Higgins entered the Navy in March 1945 and was discharged in February 1946. After his playing career, he managed in the Boston Red Sox's minor league system from 1947 through 1954 and then was promoted to manager of the major league team beginning with the 1955 season. He had stops with the Class B Roanoke Red Sox (1947-1948), the AA Birmingham Barons (1949-1950), and the AAA Louisville Colonels (1951-1954).

Higgins was the GM of the Boston Red Sox from 1963 to 1965.

After his baseball career ended, Higgins served two months in a Louisiana prison for negligent homicide. While driving under the influence of alcohol, he killed a highway worker, and he was later sentenced to four years in jail. Higgins died of a heart attack at age 59, days after being paroled.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 3-time AL All-Star (1934, 1936 & 1944)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1935)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1937 & 1938)
  • Won a World Series with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1930 (he did not play in the World Series)


Preceded by
Lou Boudreau
Boston Red Sox Manager
1955-1959
Succeeded by
Billy Jurges
Preceded by
Del Baker
Boston Red Sox Manager
1960-1962
Succeeded by
Johnny Pesky
Preceded by
Joe Cronin
Boston Red Sox General Manager
1963-1965
Succeeded by
Dick O'Connell

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1947 Roanoke Red Sox Piedmont League 90-49 1st Boston Red Sox League Champs
1948 Roanoke Red Sox Piedmont League 65-73 4th Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1949 Birmingham Barons Southern Association 91-62 2nd Boston Red Sox Lost ion 1st round
1950 Birmingham Barons Southern Association 87-62 2nd Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1951 Louisville Colonels American Association 80-73 4th Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1952 Louisville Colonels American Association 77-77 5th Boston Red Sox
1953 Louisville Colonels American Association 84-70 3rd Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1954 Louisville Colonels American Association 85-68 2nd Boston Red Sox League Champs
1955 Boston Red Sox American League 84-70 4th Boston Red Sox
1956 Boston Red Sox American League 84-70 4th Boston Red Sox
1957 Boston Red Sox American League 82-72 3rd Boston Red Sox
1958 Boston Red Sox American League 79-75 3rd Boston Red Sox
1959 Boston Red Sox American League 31-42 -- Boston Red Sox Replaced by Rudy York on July 3
1960 Boston Red Sox American League 48-57 7th Boston Red Sox Replaced Billy Jurges (15-27) and Del Baker (2-5) on June 14
1961 Boston Red Sox American League 76-86 6th Boston Red Sox
1962 Boston Red Sox American League 76-84 8th Boston Red Sox

Records Held[edit]

  • Consecutive hits, 12 (with two walks), 1938

Further Reading[edit]

  • Mark Armour: "Mike Higgins", in Mark Armour and Bill Nowlin, eds.: Red Sox Baseball in the Days of Ike and Elvis: The Red Sox of the 1950s, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, pp. 340-347. ISBN 978-1933599243

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