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Francis Raymond Blades

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7½", Weight 163 lb.

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Ray Blades played ten seasons in the majors and was an above-average hitter. He appeared in three World Series. He also played six years in the minors and had a career as a minor league and major league manager.

From 1930 to 1932, Blades was a player/coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1933, he went down to the Cards' affiliate, the Columbus Red Birds and managed there through 1935, winning league titles in 1933 and 1934. In 1936, Blades moved over to the Rochester Red Wings of the International League, where he managed for three years. In 1939, he managed the Cardinals to a 92-61 record. He was replaced in 1940 with the Cardinals at 14-24.

In 1941, Blades managed the New Orleans Pelicans, the Cards' affiliate in the Southern Association. In 1942, he left the Cardinals organization, coaching for the Cincinnati Reds. In 1943, Blades found himself managing New Orleans again, this time for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He managed the St. Paul Saints from 1944 to 1946, and became a coach for the Dodgers in 1947 and 1948. He was one of the prime candidates to succeed Leo Durocher as Brooklyn manager when Durocher was suspended by Commissioner Happy Chandler at the end of spring training in 1947, but Dodgers GM Branch Rickey chose Burt Shotton instead. Blades won his only game as interim manager in 1948, after Durocher had returned at the start of the year, only to be dismissed in mid-July after the team got off to a poor start. Once again, it was Shotton who got to succeed "the Lip" as skipper. Blades then coached for the Cardinals again (1951) and the Chicago Cubs (1953-1956). Overall, Blades' teams went 107-85 in 1+ seasons as a manager in the majors and 909-755 in 11 minor league seasons.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1925)
  • Won two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals (1926 & 1931) (he did not play in the 1926 World Series)


Preceded by
Mike Gonzalez
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
1939-1940
Succeeded by
Mike Gonzalez

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1933 Columbus Red Birds American Association 101-51 1st St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1934 Columbus Red Birds American Association 85-68 2nd St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1935 Columbus Red Birds American Association 84-70 3rd (t) St. Louis Cardinals
1936 Rochester Red Wings International League 89-66 2nd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1937 Rochester Red Wings International League 74-80 6th St. Louis Cardinals
1938 Rochester Red Wings International League 80-74 3rd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1939 St. Louis Cardinals National League 92-61 2nd St. Louis Cardinals
1940 St. Louis Cardinals National League 14-24 -- St. Louis Cardinals replaced by Mike Gonzalez on June 7
1941 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 78-75 3rd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1943 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 78-58 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1944 St. Paul Saints American Association 85-66 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1945 St. Paul Saints American Association 75-76 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1946 St. Paul Saints American Association 80-71 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1948 Brooklyn Dodgers National League 1-0 -- Brooklyn Dodgers interim between Leo Durocher (35-37) and Burt Shotton on July 15

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