Joe Altobelli

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Joseph Salvatore Altobelli

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Biographical Information[edit]

First baseman/outfielder Joe Altobelli set a Florida State League record in his first year of pro ball, getting a hit in 36 straight games while playing for the Daytona Beach Islanders in 1951. The record stood for 59 years until Harold Garcia broke it. He went on to play in the majors in 1955 and 1957 with the Cleveland Indians, and 1961 with the Minnesota Twins. From 1963 to 1966, he played for the Rochester Red Wings, hitting 47 home runs over that span.

In 1966, Altobelli began managing in the Baltimore Orioles system with the Bluefield Orioles, and in 1967 guided them to the league title. He moved to the Stockton Ports in 1968, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs in 1969 and 1970. Altobelli moved up to the Rochester Red Wings from 1971 to 1976, guiding them to the best record in the International League in 1971, 1974, and 1976, taking the playoffs in 1971 and 1974.

In 1977, Altobelli took over as manager of the San Francisco Giants and stayed there until Dave Bristol replaced him in mid-1979. In 1980, Altobelli led the Columbus Clippers to the International League title, then coached for the New York Yankees in 1981 and 1982.

In 1983, he returned to the Orioles, succeeding the legendary Earl Weaver and managing the team to the World Series title his first year. In 1985, he was replaced mid-year by Weaver, who came out of retirement. He returned to coaching the Yankees in 1986. He was a coach for the Chicago Cubs from 1988 until 1991, serving as interim manager for one game between Don Zimmer and Jim Essian that last season. Overall, Altobelli's minor league teams were 870-670 in 12 years, with 4 league titles.

From 1998 to 2009, Altobelli was a radio broadcaster (color commentator) for the Rochester Red Wings. He was inducted into the Red Wings Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2008 he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • Division Titles: 1 (1983)
  • AL Pennants: 1 (1983)
  • Managed one World Series Champion with the Baltimore Orioles in 1983

Preceded by
Bill Rigney
San Francisco Giants Manager
Succeeded by
Dave Bristol
Preceded by
Earl Weaver
Baltimore Orioles Manager
Succeeded by
Earl Weaver

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1966 Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League 38-33 3rd Baltimore Orioles none
1967 Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League 42-25 1st Baltimore Orioles none League Champs
1968 Stockton Ports California League 67-73 6th Baltimore Orioles
1969 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Texas League 75-58 2nd Baltimore Orioles
1970 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Texas League 63-73 6th Baltimore Orioles
1971 Rochester Red Wings International League 86-54 1st Baltimore Orioles League Champs
1972 Rochester Red Wings International League 76-68 4th Baltimore Orioles Lost in 1st round
1973 Rochester Red Wings International League 79-67 2nd Baltimore Orioles Lost in 1st round
1974 Rochester Red Wings International League 88-56 2nd Baltimore Orioles League Champs
1975 Rochester Red Wings International League 85-56 2nd Baltimore Orioles Lost in 1st round
1976 Rochester Red Wings International League 88-50 1st Baltimore Orioles Lost in 1st round
1977 San Francisco Giants National League 75-87 8th (t) San Francisco Giants
1978 San Francisco Giants National League 89-73 4th San Francisco Giants
1979 San Francisco Giants National League 61-79 -- San Francisco Giants -- replaced by Dave Bristol on September 6
1980 Columbus Clippers International League 83-57 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1983 Baltimore Orioles American League 98-64 2nd Baltimore Orioles World Series Champs
1984 Baltimore Orioles American League 85-77 5th Baltimore Orioles
1985 Baltimore Orioles American League 29-26 -- Baltimore Orioles -- Replaced by Cal Ripken Sr. (1-0) on June 13
1991 Chicago Cubs National League 0-1 -- Chicago Cubs -- Replaced Don Zimmer (18-19) on May 21/
Replaced by Jim Essian (59-63) on May 22

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