Al Lakeman

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Albert Wesley Lakeman

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Biographical Information[edit]

Al "Moose" Lakeman played nine seasons in the majors. He was mostly a catcher but sometimes appeared at first base and once came in as a pitcher.

Lakeman was born on the last day of 1918 in Cincinnati, OH and attended high school there. He was also a very good amateur boxer in his youth, but chose baseball. He began in the minors in 1938 with the Union City Greyhounds of the Kitty League in the Cincinnati Reds organization. In all, Al played 16 years in the minors, with 13 different teams. He hit nearly 100 home runs in the minors with 56 triples.

Al came up to the majors at first in the war years (beginning in 1942) and stuck after the war. His most prominent year was 1945, when he was the regular catcher for the Reds and had 277 plate appearances with 8 home runs and 4 triples. He was third on the team in homers and second in triples.

He was not in the majors between 1950 and 1953 but came back for 5 games with the Detroit Tigers in 1954. His minor league career lasted through 1957, although by 1956 he was a player/manager. He managed for 10 years in the minors.

It was reported in The Sporting News that he was inducted into the army during World War II, but he failed the induction examination and never went in the service. As his daughter explains: "While Dad was not allowed to go into service, he did make the Pacific Tour with other players. I have a picture of them getting on the airplane if you would like to use it."

After his playing career ended, Lakeman was a Boston Red Sox coach in 1963 and 1964 and again from 1967 to 1969. Lakeman also scouted for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1971 to 1973.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1956 Panama City Fliers Alabama-Florida League 45-73 6th Detroit Tigers
1957 Idaho Falls Russets Pioneer League 73-53 2nd Detroit Tigers
1958 Idaho Falls Russets Pioneer League 65-66 4th Detroit Tigers
1959 Erie Sailors New York-Penn League 8th Detroit Tigers replaced by Pat Mullin on May 13 /
replaced Pat Mullin on May 26
1960 Montgomery Rebels Alabama-Florida League 50-69 6th Detroit Tigers
1961 Durham Bulls Carolina League 65-73 5th Detroit Tigers
1962 Duluth-Superior Dukes Northern League 69-55 2nd Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1965 Rocky Mount Leafs Carolina League 62-82 10th Detroit Tigers
1966 Statesville Tigers Western Carolinas League Detroit Tigers replaced by George Spencer
1970 Bristol Tigers Appalachian League 26-31 5th Detroit Tigers none

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bob Brady: "Albert Wesley Lakeman", in Bill Nowlin and Dan Desrochers, eds.: The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: 'Pandemonium on the Field', SABR, Rounder Books, Burlington, MA, 2007, pp. 257-260. ISBN 978-1-5794-0141-2

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