Thursday, August 5, 2010

1962 Coaching Debuts

1961 coaches Red Kress and Bob Elliott departed the Angels after the 1961 season, to be replaced with former Angels Del Rice and Rocky Bridges.

DEL RICE (1962-1966)
Rice was #9 on the All-Time Angels debut list and made his player debut on April 11, 1961.
Rice was a longtime member of the Angels' organization, and after he playing for them in that inaugural 1961 season, he became the first-base coach for the club from 1962-1966.

ROCKY BRIDGES (1962-1963, 1968-1971)
Bridges who made his debut as a player with Angels back on April 29, 1961, signed on as a coach for the 1962 season. Following his active playing career, he served two terms (1962-63; 1968-71) as the third-base coach of the Angels. He also managed in the Angels minor league organization. His minor league managerial career is profiled in Jim Bouton's collection of baseball articles and essays entitled I Managed Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad.

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