Wednesday, June 6, 2012

First-Time Skipper

In 1973, this guy was the brand new manager for the Angels:

Card #421 -- Bobby Winkles and Coaches, California Angels

However, he had just finished a very successful run and the head coach at Arizona State University, where he led the school to three College World Series titles and coached some successful future major leaguers (Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando, Rick Monday, Larry Gura). He was never a big league player, spending 1951-'58 in the minors before moving to ASU the next year. He also wasn't successful as a manager in the majors. He was fired midway through the '74 season. He moved over to the A's for the rest of the year as a coach and eventually manged them from 1977-'78. He also coached for the Giants, White Sox and Expos through 1988.

Tom Morgan was a former major leaguer, however. He pitched with six different teams from 1951-'63, including several years as a New York Yankee. He worked as a pitching coach for the Angels, the Padres and the Yankees. He passed away after suffering a stroke in 1987.

Salty Parker's major league experience involved a weeklong stretch in 1936 with the Tigers. He was a longtime coach in the minors, as well as with the Angels, Giants, Indians, Mets and the Astros. In 1973, he was beginning his second stint as an Angels coach. He also served as an interim managerfor the Mets and Astros. He moved on to become a scout and passed away in 1992.

Jimmie Reese was a member of the Yankees in 1930-'31, where he was the roommate of Babe Ruth, as well as the Cardinals in 1932. After a long stretch as a player, scout, coach and minor league manager, he joined the Angels in 1972 as a conditioning coach. His specialty was running a fungo drill, using a bat he designed himself. He remained with the Angels until his death in 1994. The team retired his jersey number in his honor.

John Roseboro played between 1957 and 1970 in the majors, with most of those years spent with the Dodgers. A catcher, he succeeded Roy Campanella and caught Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Don Sutton. While catchers are often the best-suited players to become coaches, Roseboro's career on the bench was relatively short. After one season with the Senators and three with the Angels, he and his wife mostly focused on running a public relations firm in Beverly Hills. Roseboro passed away in 2002.

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