Mike Ryan (ryanmi02)

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Michael James Ryan

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mike Ryan was a backup catcher with the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies in the 1960s and 1970s. He hit just .193 in his major league career, finishing up with 15 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1974.

He was an outstanding defensive catcher, tied with Randy Hundley for the National League lead in assists in 1969, although Randy played in 19 more games. He was the Pirates' third catcher in 1974, something no major league team does today, playing behind Manny Sanguillen and Ed Kirkpatrick.

After his playing career ended, Ryan was a Philadelphia Phillies coach from 1980 to 1995.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1975 Charleston Pirates Western Carolinas League 45-96 4th Pittsburgh Pirates
1976 Charleston Patriots Western Carolinas League 59-80 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates
1977 Oklahoma City 89ers American Association 28-26 4th (t) Philadelphia Phillies replaced Cal Emery (42-39) and Bill Connors (0-1)
1978 Oklahoma City 89ers American Association 62-74 7th Philadelphia Phillies

Further Reading[edit]

  • Dave Williams: "Mike Ryan", in Bill Nowlin and Dan Desrochers, eds.: The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: 'Pandemonium on the Field', SABR, Rounder Books, Burlington, MA, 2007, pp. 95-99. ISBN 978-1-5794-0141-2

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