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Snipped from: 1960 Topps #458 White Sox Coaches

Raymond Frederick Berres

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 170 lb.

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"To me, he's the best pitching coach I ever came across. I never saw him get upset with one of his pitchers. Of course Lopez would do that for him." - Gary Peters

The defensive reputation of catcher Ray Berres, especially his arm, enabled him to play for half the National League teams of his day, although he spent most of his big league career as a backup. His main teammates were Jim Tobin, Johnny Cooney, Max West, Arky Vaughan, Van Mungo and Buddy Hassett.

After his playing career ended, Berres managed the Richmond Colts in 1946 until August 12. He was the bullpen catcher for the Boston Braves in 1947, coached the Milwaukee Brewers in 1948 and was a Chicago White Sox pitching coach from 1949 to 1966, and also in 1968 and 1969. This of course included a World Series appearance in 1959. During his tenure on the Sox coaching staff, he was credited as helping many notable pitchers, including Early Wynn, Billy Pierce, Gary Peters, Joel Horlen, Bob Shaw, Juan Pizarro, Tommy John, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Wilbur Wood.

He died of heart failure and pneumonia in Kenosha, the town where he was born. He lived to be almost 100, and was the second oldest living major leaguer when he died in 2007.

"I was offered a few managerial jobs, but I always turned them down. It wasn't meant to be. I'm not the type. I could hire, but, doggone it, I couldn't fire." - Ray Berres

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1946 Richmond Colts Piedmont League 49-57 -- New York Giants replaced by Mike Schemer (11-23)

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