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Roger Thorpe Peckinpaugh

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Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh played seventeen years in the majors and won the 1925 American League Most Valuable Player Award. He also managed in the big leagues for eight seasons and was a front office executive.

Peckinpaugh reached the majors with the Cleveland Naps late in 1910 and returned to the team in 1912 and briefly in 1913 before being traded to the New York Yankees that year. He was the Yankees' shortstop for nine seasons and, as a 23-year-old, managed the club for the final 20 games of the 1914 season. He had his best year with the team in 1921, hitting .288 while scoring 128 runs and driving in 72 as the club won the American League pennant. Nonetheless, following the season, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox, who in turn sent him to the Washington Senators less than a month later.

With the Senators, Peckinpaugh teamed with second baseman Bucky Harris to form a double play combination for more than four seasons. In the 1924 World Series, he hit .417 as Washington beat the New York Giants in seven games. The next summer, he hit .294 and was named AL Most Valuable Player but stuggled in the postseason, making eight errors in seven games in the 1925 World Series, as the Senators fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was replaced at shortstop by Buddy Myer the following season and traded to the Chicago White Sox before the 1927 campaign. After one year in Chicago, he retired as a player.

From 1928 to 1933, Peckinpaugh was manager of the Cleveland Indians, leading them to a best finish of third in 1929. In 1934, he managed the Kansas City Blues to a 65-88 record and eighth place in the American Association. Five years later, he was skipper of the New Orleans Pelicans, an Indians farm team, and went 57-93 to finish eighth in the Southern Association. He managed the Indians again in 1941 and then was their General Manager until 1946.

Peckinbaugh died from cancer and heart disease at age 86.

[edit] Notable Achievements


AL MVP
1924 1925 1926
Walter Johnson Roger Peckinpaugh George Burns


Preceded by
Frank Chance
New York Yankees Manager
1914
Succeeded by
Bill Donovan
Preceded by
Jack McCallister
Cleveland Indians Manager
1928-1933
Succeeded by
Walter Johnson
Preceded by
Ossie Vitt
Cleveland Indians Manager
1941
Succeeded by
Lou Boudreau
Preceded by
Cy Slapnicka
Cleveland Indians General Manager
1941-1946
Succeeded by
Bill Veeck

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1914 New York Yankees American League 10-10 6th New York Yankees replaced Frank Chance (60-74) on September 15
1928 Cleveland Indians American League 62-92 7th Cleveland Indians
1929 Cleveland Indians American League 81-71 3rd Cleveland Indians
1930 Cleveland Indians American League 81-73 4th Cleveland Indians
1931 Cleveland Indians American League 78-76 4th Cleveland Indians
1932 Cleveland Indians American League 87-65 4th Cleveland Indians
1933 Cleveland Indians American League 26-25 -- Cleveland Indians replaced by Bibb Falk on June 10
1934 Kansas City Blues American Association 65-88 8th none
1939 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 57-93 8th Cleveland Indians
1941 Cleveland Indians American League 75-79 5th Cleveland Indians

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