Bill Dickey--1951
Incorporated in 1857, the tiny town of
Bastrop in Northeast Louisiana was a
strong hold for the confederate army
during the Civil War, before devel-oping
into an area for forestry, cotton and rice
commerce. With a population of just over
11,000 in 2010 according to census
records, the town can boast being the
birthplace of two major league managers
in Bill Dickey and Mel McGaha.




















The Hall of Fame catcher with the New
York Yankees, Dickey would pilot the
Bronx Bombers in 1946. Dickey was the
second of three Yankee managers in ’
46, as the former catcher would replace
legendary Joe McCarthey, who resigned
in May of that season. Despite enjoying
some success, going 57-48, Dickey didn’
t particularily enjoy managing and was
replaced by one of his coaches, John
Neun as the Yanks finished the season 8-
6 under Neun and a third place finish in
the American League.

Several decades later, McGaha would
get two opportunities to manage in the
bigs; first with the Indians where his club
went 78-82 as the skipper failed to finish
out the 1962 season. Two years later
McGaha would replace Eddie Lopat
during the ’64 campaign, going 40-70 as
he was unable to lead the Athletics out of
the American League cellar. Handed the
reins to the club for 1965, the McGaha
led-Athletics went 5-21 and the former
Bastrop native was replaced Haywood
Sullivan, though despite the change
Kansas City would again find themselves
as the doormat of the Junior Circuit with
a 59-103 mark. McGaha would finish with
a 123-173 managerial record.

While managers come and go in the big
leagues, the position is a limited
fraternity; which makes it interesting that
the small Louisiana town of Bastrop can
boast two native sons who have
managed in the majors.



Editor’s Note: Pitcher Shane Reynolds
would also hail from Bastrop, LA and
enjoy a 13-year career in the bigs,
primarily with the Houston Astros going
114-96, 4.09 in 305 appearances.


(2/26/13)





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