Bob Scheffing

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Robert Boden Scheffing

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Bob Scheffing played eight years in the majors, mostly with the Chicago Cubs, and missed three years while serving in World War II, entering the Navy in October 1942 and being discharged in November 1945. As a result, he missed the Cubs' appearance in the 1945 World Series.

After his playing career ended, he was a St. Louis Browns coach in 1952 and 1953 and a member of the Cubs staff in 1954 and 1955. After managing the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League in 1956, he was the Cubs' skipper from 1957 to 1959. He then returned to coaching as a member of the Milwaukee Braves staff in 1960. He took the helm of the Detroit Tigers in 1961. He led the club through 1963 and is the only manager in major league history to have led a team to 100 wins in a season (the 1961 Tigers) without ever having finished first.

Scheffing was a scout for the New York Mets in 1963 and Detroit Tigers in 1965. He moved from the dugout to the press box in 1964 as a Tigers radio and television broadcaster alongside Ernie Harwell. Scheffing re-joined the Mets in 1965 as director of player development, and was General Manager of the team from 1970 until his retirement in 1974.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (1961)

Preceded by
Stan Hack
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Charlie Grimm
Preceded by
Joe Gordon
Detroit Tigers Manager
Succeeded by
Chuck Dressen
Preceded by
Johnny Murphy
New York Mets General Manager
Succeeded by
Joe McDonald

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1939 Washington Red Birds Pennsylvania State Association 64-45 2nd St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1955 Los Angeles Angels Pacific Coast League 66-56 4th (t) Chicago Cubs replaced Jack Warner (0-2) on May 25
1956 Los Angeles Angels Pacific Coast League 107-61 1st Chicago Cubs none League Champs
1957 Chicago Cubs National League 62-92 8th Chicago Cubs
1958 Chicago Cubs National League 72-82 6th Chicago Cubs
1959 Chicago Cubs National League 74-80 6th Chicago Cubs
1961 Detroit Tigers American League 101-61 2nd Detroit Tigers
1962 Detroit Tigers American League 85-76 4th Detroit Tigers
1963 Detroit Tigers American League 24-36 -- Detroit Tigers replaced by Chuck Dressen on June 18

Also managed the Mets franchise in the 1966 Florida Instructional League.

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