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Michael Franklin Higgins (Pinky)

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[edit] Biographical Information

Pinky Higgins entered the Navy in March 1945 and was discharged in February 1946. After his playing career, he managed in the Red Sox' 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 (1947-48), the AA Birmingham Barons (1949-50), and the AAA Louisville Colonels (1951-54).

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.

[edit] Records Held

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

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 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

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