John Christopher Vukovich
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
- School American River College
- High School Amador County High School
- Debut September 11, 1970
- Final Game August 23, 1981
- Born July 31, 1947 in Sacramento, CA USA
- Died March 8, 2007 in Philadelphia, PA USA
Third baseman John Vukovich played parts of ten seasons in the majors, mostly with the Philadelphia Phillies. A back-up throughout his playing days, he never appeared in more than 74 games in a season and hit .161 during his career. "Vuk" was nonetheless loved by fans and teammates for his work ethic and defensive skills.
After retiring as a player, he was a Chicago Cubs coach from 1982 to 1987 and managed the team for two games (a doubleheader) in 1986. In 1988, he joined the Phillies coaching staff and remained with the club through the 2004 season. He also was the team's interim skipper for 9 games at the end of the 1988 season, taking over after the firing of Lee Elia.
Vukovich survived a bout with brain cancer in 2001 but died in March 2007, at the age of 59, after a recurrence.
Mike Schmidt called him "the best friend I had". Larry Bowa said "..he was my best friend. He was a great guy. We played American Legion ball in Sacramento. We came up together in the minors. Anything I wanted, I just asked him."
Sources include: Sacramento Bee March 9, 2007
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1986||Chicago Cubs||National League||1-1||--||Chicago Cubs||interim between Jim Frey (23-34) |
and Gene Michael on June 13
|1988||Philadelphia Phillies||National League||5-4||6th||Philadelphia Phillies||replaced Lee Elia (60-92) on September 23|