Gabby Street

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Charles Evard Street
(Old Sarge)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

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On the cover of TIME in 1932.

Catcher Gabby Street saw most of his big league playing time with the Washington Senators in 1908 and 1909, when he had around 400 at-bats each year. He gained fame as Walter Johnson's primary catcher during his time with the Senators. Aside from one later appearance, his big league playing days were over by the time he was 30.

After his playing career ended, he was a St. Louis Cardinals coach in 1929 and managed the club for one game that year. The next season, he took over as the team's full-time skipper. He is called the "player/manager" of the 1931 World Series champion Cardinals, but at age 48, he only played one late-season contest that year. His 1931 Cardinals team featured Frankie Frisch, Jim Bottomley, and Chick Hafey. In the World Series, they beat the Philadelphia Athletics, who had Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, and Al Simmons.

Street managed the Cards until midway through the 1933 season, when he was replaced by Frisch. He later was a member of the St. Louis Browns coaching staff in 1937 and was the team's manager for most of the 1938 season. Then, he spent six years as a broadcaster for the Cardinals from 1945 to 1950.

A veteran of two wars, Street served in both the Spanish-American War and World War I. One of his nicknames as a player was "Old Sarge." As a stunt, he was the first person to catch a baseball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument, in 1908.

Street had cancer surgery in 1949 but died of heart disease in early 1951.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Pennants: 2 (1930 & 1931)
  • Managed one World Series Champion with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1931
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (1931)

Preceded by
Bill McKechnie
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
Succeeded by
Frankie Frisch
Preceded by
Jim Bottomley
St. Louis Browns Manager
Succeeded by
Ski Melillo

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1920 Suffolk Nuts Virginia League 47-69 7th
1921 Suffolk Wildcats Virginia League 59-78 6th
1922 Joplin Miners Western Association 93-42 2nd League Champs
1923 Joplin Miners Western Association 83-60 1st
1924 Muskogee Athletics Western Association 97-65 3rd none
1925 Muskogee Athletics Western Association 79-72 4th Lost League Finals
1926 Augusta Tygers South Atlantic League 80-67 3rd none
1927 Columbia Comers South Atlantic Association 65-81 7th none
1928 Knoxville Smokies South Atlantic Association 73-75 5th none
1929 St. Louis Cardinals National League 1-0 -- St. Louis Cardinals interim between Billy Southworth (43-45) and
Bill McKechnie on July 23
1930 St. Louis Cardinals National League 92-62 1st St. Louis Cardinals Lost World Series
1931 St. Louis Cardinals National League 101-53 1st St. Louis Cardinals World Series Champs
1932 St. Louis Cardinals National League 72-82 6th St. Louis Cardinals
1933 St. Louis Cardinals National League 46-45 -- St. Louis Cardinals replaced by Frankie Frisch on July 25
1934 Mission Reds Pacific Coast League 101-85 2nd none none
1935 Mission Reds Pacific Coast League 87-87 5th none
1936 St. Paul Saints American Association 84-68 2nd Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
1937 St. Paul Saints American Association 28-45 -- Chicago White Sox -- replaced by Phil Todt (39-42) on July 6
1938 St. Louis Browns National League 53-90 -- St. Louis Browns replaced by Ski Melillo on September 27

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