Charles Francis Fox
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
- Debut September 24, 1942
- Final Game September 26, 1942
- Born October 7, 1921 in New York, NY USA
- Died February 16, 2004 in Stanford, CA USA
Charlie Fox had an association with the New York Giants/San Francisco Giants for more than 30 years as a player, coach, manager, and scout. He was also briefly General Manager of the Montreal Expos. He is most famous for leading the 1971 San Francisco Giants to a division championship, in what is sometimes called "The Year of the Fox".
Fox managed in the New York Giants farm system from 1947 to 1956. He then was a Giants scout from 1957 to 1963. He managed in AAA in 1964 and was a coach with the major league team from 1965 to 1968. From 1962 to 1967 he also managed San Francisco's Arizona Instructional League team. He returned to AAA from 1969 through May, 1970 and took over as the big league skipper in 1970. Fox led the Giants to the 1971 NLCS before eventually being replaced by Wes Westrum in 1974.
He then joined the Montreal Expos, where he managed the club briefly, finishing the 1976 season after Karl Kuehl was fired on September 4th, then taking over for Jim Fanning as General Manager from October 5, 1976 to 1978.
He ended his career as a Houston Astros scout from 1990 to 1993.
Fox died of pneumonia at age 82.
From the Giants Encyclopedia
Fox grew up in the Bronx and dreamed of playing for the Giants. He turned down interest from the Yankees. He was an American Legion star. While in the Navy, he was involved in "dangerous missions in the North Atlantic". He became a manager for the first time at age 24. After his playing days, he became a public speaker and a restaurant owner.
- ML Manager of the Year Award (1971)
- Division Titles: 1 (1971)
|San Francisco Giants Manager
|Montreal Expos Manager
|Montreal Expos General Manager
|Chicago Cubs Manager
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
Record as a General Manager
- 1977: 2nd overall P Bill Gullickson - Joliet Catholic High School
- 1978: 9th overall SS Glenn Franklin - Chipola Junior College
Other Notable Selections
- 1977: 3rd round (54th overall) P Scott Sanderson - Vanderbilt University
- 1977: 5th round (106th overall) OF Tim Raines - Seminole High School
- 1978: 9th round (217th overall) P Charlie Lea - University of Memphis
- December 10, 1976 traded Andre Thornton to the Cleveland Indians for Jackie Brown
- December 16, 1976 traded Woodie Fryman and Dale Murray to the Cincinnati Reds for Tony Perez and Will McEnaney
- April 27, 1977 traded Tim Foli to the San Francisco Giants for Chris Speier
- May 22, 1977 traded Mike Jorgensen to the Oakland Athletics for Stan Bahnsen
- June 15, 1977 traded Barry Foote and Dan Warthen to the Philadelphia Phillies for Tim Blackwell and Wayne Twitchell
- December 7, 1977 traded Don Stanhouse, Joe Kerrigan and Gary Roenicke to the Baltimore Orioles for Rudy May, Randy Miller and Bryn Smith
- November 17, 1976 signed Dave Cash as a Free Agent from the Philadelphia Phillies.
- December 21, 1977 signed Ross Grimsley as a Free Agent from the Baltimore Orioles