Wednesday, November 10, 2010

1964 Coaching Debuts

Let's start into the 1964 season with a look at coaching debuts. It's a reverse of the order I was going with, but it makes more sense to post managers, coaches, broadcasting and front office debuts prior to player debuts as I had been posting them. That being said, 1964 saw a change in the Angels coaching staff with the addition of Salty Parker, who replaced Rockey Bridges.

Francis James Parker
Shortstop and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 173 lb.
Born: July 8, 1912 in East St. Louis, IL
MLB Debut: August 13, 1936 Detroit Tigers
Final MLB Game: September 16, 1936 Detroit Tigers
Died: July 27, 1992 in Houston, TX
Years as an Angels Coach: 1964-1966, 1973-1974

- Started in minor league ball with the Moline Plowboys at the age of 17 in 1930
- Hit .280 in 11 games with the Detroit Tigers in 1936
- Managed the New York Mets in 1967 for 11 games (4-7)
- Managed the Houston Astros in 1972 for 1 game (win)
- Career managing record (majors and minors) of 920-858 (.517)
- Also coached for the San Francisco Giants (58-61, 79), Cleveland Indians (62), New York Mets (67), and Houston Astros (68-72)
- Part of the "All Condiment Team", along with Pepper Martin, Mayo Smith, Chili Davis, Pickles Dillhoefer, and others.

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