Edward Joseph Popowski
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 4½", Weight 145 lb.
In 1937 Eddie Popowski started a long association with the Boston Red Sox organization. He played second base for the Hazleton Red Sox in 1937-1938 and the Scranton Red Sox from 1939 to 1941. He also spent time with the Centreville Red Sox in 1941 and replaced Ed Walls as manager.
Popowski was in the military in 1942, returning to play second base for the Louisville Colonels in 1943. As a player, Popowski led his league in fielding percentage every year he played more than 100 games (1937-1938, 1943-1946), also leading the league in putouts and assists twice. He led the New York-Penn League in 1937 (.978), Eastern League in 1938 (.967, 395 PO, 417 A), American Association in 1943 (.983), and Piedmont League in 1944 (.964, 462 PO, 439 A), 1945 (.973), and 1946 (.973).
He became player/manager with the Roanoke Red Sox in the Piedmont League from 1944-1946. He continued to manage from 1947 to 1966, with the exception of 1951-1952 when he was a full-time coach for Boston's Louisville Colonels AAA farm club. From 1967 to 1976, he was a coach on the big league club. He also managed 9 games at the end of the 1969 season, and the final game of the 1973 season.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
- Wayne McElreavy: "Eddie Popowski", in Bill Nowlin and Dan Desrochers, eds.: The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: 'Pandemonium on the Field', SABR, Rounder Books, Burlington, MA, 2007, pp. 266-271. ISBN 978-1-5794-0141-2
- Wayne McElreavy: "Eddie Popowski", in Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan, ed.: '75:The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 219-223. ISBN 978-1-933599-97-7