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Place of Birth:
November 18, 1925 Salina, Kansas
August 8, 2005 Rancho Mirage, California
Military Unit: US
Army Air Force
Gene W Mauch was born on November 18, 1925 in
Salina, Kansas. He was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers
in 1943 and played for Durham and Montreal his rookie year.
In 1944, the 5-foot-10 infielder made his major league debut with
the Dodgers on April 18, but after batting .133 in five games he was
back with Montreal until being called into military service on May
Mauch served with the Army Air
Force at Marana Army Airfield in
where he regularly played baseball with the Marana Hosses. He was
discharged from service on June 2, 1946 and joined
St Paul of the American Association for the
remainder of the season.
The Dodgers traded Mauch to
the Pirates in May 1947 and he played 16 games with
that year. Oddly enough, he was traded back to the Dodgers at the
end of the season and played 12 games with the club before he had to
pack his bags again – this time he was headed for the Chicago Cubs.
Mauch remained with the Cubs through 1949, then played for the
Boston Braves in 1950-1051, the Cardinals in 1952 and after three
years in the minors, made a big league comeback with the Red Sox in
Mauch played the next two
seasons in the minors with Indianapolis, then joined
the Philadelphia Phillies as manager in 1960.
Gene Mauch, "the little
general" went on to
manage the Phillies, California Angels, Minnesota Twins and Montreal
Expos to 1,902 wins. Rod Carew, who played for Mauch in both
Minnesota and Anaheim, called the
manager, "My favourite man. He's always been a special guy to
me. He's the best I've
ever played for, well ahead of anyone else," the Hall Famer said.
Gene Mauch died on August 8, 2005, at Eisenhower Medical
Center in Rancho Mirage, California, after a long
battle with cancer. He had lived in the desert resort area since
Created May 13, 2008.
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