Cooperstown Chronicles – Gene Mauch

Feb 20, 2008

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What a difference a game makes.  If the Angels close out Boston in Game Five of the 1986 ALCS perhaps I’m lobbying for Gene Mauch, especially if they were able to defeat the Mets.  Gene also had his chances in 1982 when the Angels jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Harvey’s Wallbangers (Milwaukee Brewers).   His 1964 Phillies team blew a 6.5 game lead with 12 games to go.  They lost the first ten of those games because he overworked his pitchers.  As it stands Gene is on the outside looking in to Cooperstown despite ranking 12th on the all-time managerial wins list with 1902.  Along with thos 1902 victories came 2037 losses for a winning percentage of .483.    Despite managing 26 seasons, Skip never made it to the World Series.  In fact, he only won those two divsion titles (’82 & ’86).  He managed two 100 loss teams (’61 Phillies and ’69 Expos) that each had 20+ game losing streaks.  Gene Mauch’s career was ful of near misses.  The same can be said of his Hall of Fame aspirations.

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Yogi Berra of the St. Louis Stockhams (left) steals home on Los Angeles Sunrise catcher Gene Mauch (right) during the 1942 (exact date unknown) American Legion baseball sectional tournament in Hastings, Neb.
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References
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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    February 20th, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    He never managed the Mets as far as I can remember, and anyway The Mets won 100 games in 1969 and the World Seies with Gil Hodges.
    But I do agree with your conclusion.

  2. Ryan Lester
    February 20th, 2008 at 3:58 pm #

    Larry – good catch. it was the ’69 Expos. I guess I subconsciously wrote the Mets after I typed ’69 because that’s who I associate with that year. Funny how the mind works.

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    December 8th, 2008 at 9:16 am #

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  4. James D. Jolley
    April 11th, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    It is my understanding that Gene Mauch is eligible for Veterans Committee consideration this year(2009)with the other managers, umpires and executives. If you’d like to write to Veterans Committee in support of Gene Mauch, please send your letter to: Veterans Committee, Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY, 13326

  5. LestersLegends
    April 11th, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    thanks for adding

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    May 13th, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

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    May 20th, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    [...] Marquard* Billy Martin (Player/Manager) Dennis Martinez Edgar Martinez Bobby Matthews Don Mattingly Gene Mauch (Manager) Carl Mays Bill Mazeroski* Fred McGriff Mark McGwire Bid McPhee Johnny Mize* Paul Molitor* [...]

  8. James D. Jolley
    December 7th, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    Just read that MLB fans two favorite Gene’s (Mauch & Autry), didn’t get voted in to MLB HOF. So sad. Well maybe next year.
    What a familiar phrase to both of those two gentlemen and their fans.

  9. LestersLegends
    December 7th, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    That’s too bad. At least Whitey got in.

  10. James D. Jolley
    August 5th, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    Well, here it is, the 5th Anniversary of the passing of Gene Mauch.
    (08-08-05) I pray the fans of MLB Baseball shall never forget him and his contributions to the game. Likewise the MLB HOF Veterans Committee. Could this be the year? Thank you for this platform.

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