Eddie Sawyer

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Edwin Milby Sawyer

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Biographical Information[edit]

Sawyer in 1951

Eddie Sawyer was discovered by Paul Krichell. He hit .361 for the Norfolk Tars in 1934, third in the Piedmont League. The next season, Sawyer hit .314 for Norfolk and .325 for the Binghamton Triplets. In 1936 he batted .313 for the Triplets and drove in 98 runs, 8th-most in the New York-Penn League. After starting the '37 season at .345 for Binghamton, he went up to the Oakland Oaks and hit .284 there.

Injuring his shoulder, Sawyer returned to Binghamton to bat .299/~.330/.395 as an outfielder there in 1938. He became a player-manager for the Amsterdam Rugmakers in 1939. He only struck out seven times in 458 AB, led the Canadian-American League with 103 RBI and batted .363. His team won the title. The next year, Sawyer hit .329 with 99 RBI in 120 games.

Returning to old stomping grounds, Eddie hit .277 for Norfolk as player-manager in 1941 and hit .267 and .280 the next two years in the same role with Binghamton to finish his playing career.

Moving from the New York Yankees farm system, where he had been since 1939, he was hired by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1944 to manage the Utica Blue Sox. In 1948, he was promoted to the Toronto Maple Leafs then partway into the 1948 season, he took over the Phillies from Dusty Cooke. He managed the young 1950 Phillies, known as the Whiz Kids, to the National League pennant. Let go partway into the 1952 season, he was rehired by the club in mid-1958. In 1960, he resigned after the first game of the season and never managed in the major leagues again. He said "I'm 49 years old and I'd love to live to be 50."

His nephew Roger Sawyer pitched in the minors for most of the 1950s.

Sawyer was known for his sharp memory. In the offseason, Sawyer taught Biology at his alma mater, Ithaca College, and was a special scout for the Kansas City Royals in the early 1970s.

Sources include 1939 Spalding Guide, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database and Baseball's Canadian-American League by David Pietrusza

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Pennants: 1 (1950)
Preceded by
Ben Chapman
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Steve O'Neill
Preceded by
Mayo Smith
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Gene Mauch

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1939 Amsterdam Rugmakers Canadian-American League 81-41 1st New York Yankees Lost League Finals
1940 Amsterdam Rugmakers Canadian-American League 70-53 3rd New York Yankees League Champs
1941 Norfolk Tars Piedmont League 71-68 4th New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1942 Binghamton Triplets Eastern League 80-60 3rd New York Yankees Lost League Finals
1943 Binghamton Triplets Eastern League 74-66 6th New York Yankees
1944 Utica Blue Sox Eastern League 69-69 3rd Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1945 Utica Blue Sox Eastern League 83-52 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost in 1st round
1946 Utica Blue Sox Eastern League 59-80 7th Philadelphia Phillies
1947 Utica Blue Sox Eastern League 90-48 1st Philadelphia Phillies League Champs
1948 Toronto Maple Leafs International League 48-47 -- Philadelphia Phillies -- replaced by Dick Porter (30-29) July 26
Philadelphia Phillies National League 23-40 6th Philadelphia Phillies replaced Dusty Cooke (6-6) on July 27
1949 Philadelphia Phillies National League 81-73 3rd Philadelphia Phillies
1950 Philadelphia Phillies National League 91-63 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost World Series
1951 Philadelphia Phillies National League 73-81 5th Philadelphia Phillies
1952 Philadelphia Phillies National League 28-35 4th Philadelphia Phillies replaced by Steve O'Neill on June 28
1958 Philadelphia Phillies National League 30-40 8th Philadelphia Phillies replaced Mayo Smith (39-45) on July 19
1959 Philadelphia Phillies National League 64-90 8th Philadelphia Phillies
1960 Philadelphia Phillies National League 0-1 -- Philadelphia Phillies replaced by Andy Cohen on April 14

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