William Charles Lachemann
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 195 lb.
- School College of Great Falls
- High School Dorsey High School
The brother of Rene Lachemann and Marcel Lachemann, Bill Lachemann coached in the majors for two years, played in the minors for six years, has coached in the minors for at least 15 years and managed in the minors for 12.
A high school teammate of Sparky Anderson, Bill signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. He debuted professionally in 1955, splitting the year between the Bakersfield Indians (.227, 3 RBI) and Great Falls Electrics (.275, 5 RBI). In 1956, he played for the Kokomo Dodgers and hit .258 with 7 HR and 35 RBI. Lachemann then missed two seasons (presumably due to military service).
Lachemann returned to the field in 1959 with the Victoria Rosebuds, hitting .138 with 1 RBI and spending most of the season with the Great Falls Electrics (.273, 9 HR, 53 RBI). In 1960, he had his best year, batting .307 with 10 HR and 50 RBI for Great Falls. He tied for second on the team in home runs.
Lachemann hit just .195 with 4 HR and 29 RBI for the 1961 Salem Dodgers and returned to Great Falls for a brief stint in 1963 (.167) to conclude his playing career.
Returning to college to get a degree in teaching, Bill coached for the Great Falls Giants (1976-1981) and Fresno Giants (1982). In 1982, the 48-year-old got into a game as the backup catcher, handling one putout and not batting. It was his first minor league appearance as a player in 19 years. Lachemann got his first shot at managing with the Clinton Giants in 1983-1984.
He moved to the California Angels organization then next year, managing the Quad City Angels in 1985 and 1986. Lachemann moved up to the Palm Springs Angels from 1987 to 1989. He went down to Arizona and managed the AZL Angels from 1990 to 1994. In 1995 and 1996, he was a coach on the Angels big league staff under his brother Marcel, the team's manager. Lachemann returned to the minors managing the Butte Copper Kings in 1997 and 1998. He was a coach for the Erie SeaWolves in 1999-2000 and the Salt Lake Stingers in 2001-2002. He has been a minor league special assignment coach/catching coach for the Angels since 2004. Lachemann also did some scouting for the Angels in 2000.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1983||Clinton Giants||Midwest League||56-82||10th||San Francisco Giants|
|1984||Clinton Giants||Midwest League||62-77||10th||San Francisco Giants|
|1985||Quad City Angels||Midwest League||66-74||8th (t)||California Angels|
|1986||Quad City Angels||Midwest League||62-78||10th||California Angels|
|1987||Palm Springs Angels||California League||69-73||7th||California Angels|
|1988||Palm Springs Angels||California League||70-72||7th||California Angels|
|1989||Palm Springs Angels||California League||60-82||8th||California Angels|
|1990||AZL Angels||Arizona League||19-36||6th||California Angels|
|1991||AZL Angels||Arizona League||29-30||6th||California Angels|
|1992||AZL Angels||Arizona League||29-27||5th||California Angels|
|1993||AZL Angels||Arizona League||29-26||4th||California Angels|
|1994||AZL Angels||Arizona League||23-32||6th||California Angels|
|1997||Butte Copper Kings||Pioneer League||30-42||7th||Anaheim Angels|
|1998||Butte Copper Kings||Pioneer League||26-50||7th||Anaheim Angels|