Thursday, June 13, 2013

1966 Topps All Star Cards : The Managers

For the 1st time since the original All Star Game in 1933, neither manager went to the World Series the previous year. In 1964 the Yankees were managed by Yogi Berra who lost to the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards were managed by Johnny Keane. The Yankees fired Berra who became a player-coach for the cross-town Mets. The Yankees then hired Keane. 

1966 Topps Gene Mauch All-Star

Gene Mauch managed the Phillies in 1964. On September 21st the Phillies were in 1st place with a 6.5 game lead. They then went on to lose 10 straight games dropping to 3rd place. They ended the season in a 2nd place tie with the Reds. The Reds were managed by Fred Hutchinson who was battling lung cancer. He continued to manage until July 27th when 1st base coach Dick Sisler took over. Hutchinson died November 12, 1964.

1966 Topps Al Lopez All-Star

From 1949-1964 only 2 A.L. teams other than New York Yankees went to the World Series. Both were managed by Al Lopez. The 1954 Indians and the 1959 White Sox. When the pennant winning Yankees fired Berra, the manager of the 2nd place White Sox was the logical choice.

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