Russ Nixon

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Russell Eugene Nixon

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Biographical Information[edit]

Nixon in 1988 with beauty pageant winners.

Catcher Russ Nixon won the 1954 Florida State League batting title. Then, the following year, he captured the Three-I League hitting crown while playing for the Keokuk Kernels. After his playing career ended, he spent several seasons as a manager and coach.

His twin brother, Roy Nixon, never reached the majors. They were both signed on the same day by the Cleveland Indians and were teammates on the 1953 Green Bay Bluejays and both had 46 hits - but Russ did it in 137 AB while it took Roy 182 at-bats to reach that figure.

He was a manager in the Cincinnati Reds organization from 1970 to 1975, then was a coach for the major league team from 1976 to 1982. He became the team's manager partway through the 1982 season replacing John McNamara. After the 1983 season, he essentially swapped places with Vern Rapp, Rapp taking over as the Reds' manager, and Nixon moving to the Montreal Expos coaching staff for 1984 and 1985. Nixon was an Atlanta Braves coach in 1986 and 1987 and was managing the Braves' AA affiliate in Greenville, SC in 1988 when he was chosen to replace Chuck Tanner as skipper. He stayed there for roughly two years without finding any success until he was fired on June 22, 1990. However, the Braves became consistent winners as soon as general manager Bobby Cox stepped down from the front office into the manager's job in 1991. Nixon moved to the Minnesota Twins organization in 1991 and managed the Portland Beavers. Nixon coached the Seattle Mariners in 1992 and then spent five years in the San Diego Padres organization in varying roles. Nixon managed the Las Vegas Stars in 1993-1994. He led the Padres player development program as Director of Minor League Instruction (1995) and Director of Player Development (1996). He spent his final year with the Padres as a Special Assignment Scout. In 1998 Nixon returned to the Reds as manager of the Billings Mustangs for three season (1998-2000) though he spent the first part 1998 as an Indianapolis Indians coach. He spent the 2001-2002 seasons at the major league catching instructor for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nixon concluded his long coaching career as a manager in the Houston Astros organization.

Preceded by
John McNamara
Cincinnati Reds Manager
Succeeded by
Vern Rapp
Preceded by
Chuck Tanner
Atlanta Braves Manager
Succeeded by
Bobby Cox

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1970 Sioux Falls Packers Northern League 24-46 6th Cincinnati Reds
1971 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League 79-61 2nd Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
1972 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League 66-64 2nd Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
1973 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League 73-71 4th Cincinnati Reds
1974 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League 68-64 1st Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
1975 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League 72-59 2nd Cincinnati Reds Lost League Finals
1982 Cincinnati Reds National League 27-43 6th Cincinnati Reds replaced John McNamara (34-58) on July 21
1983 Cincinnati Reds National League 74-88 6th Cincinnati Reds
1988 Greenville Braves Southern League 22-21 -- Atlanta Braves -- replaced by Buddy Bailey (65-36) on May 23
Atlanta Braves National League 42-79 6th Atlanta Braves replaced Chuck Tanner (12-27) on May 24
1989 Atlanta Braves National League 63-97 6th Atlanta Braves
1990 Atlanta Braves National League 25-40 -- Atlanta Braves replaced by Bobby Cox on June 22
1991 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 70-68 6th Minnesota Twins Lost in 1st round
1993 Las Vegas Stars Pacific Coast League 58-85 10th San Diego Padres
1994 Las Vegas Stars Pacific Coast League 56-87 10th San Diego Padres
1998 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 40-34 4th Cincinnati Reds
1999 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 42-33 4th Cincinnati Reds Lost League Finals
2000 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 39-36 5th Cincinnati Reds
2003 Lexington Legends South Atlantic League 75-63 5th Houston Astros Lost in 1st round
2004 Salem Avalanche Carolina League 65-74 6th Houston Astros
2005 Greeneville Astros Appalachian League 29-37 3rd Houston Astros

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