Babe Ganzel

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  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10½", Weight 172 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Babe Ganzel had a great cup of coffee with the 1927 Washington Senators, hitting .438 and slugging .667 in 48 at-bats. He mostly played center field, on a team whose regular was the 39-year-old Tris Speaker in his last full season in the majors. Ganzel was already 26 in 1927, and later played for the Minneapolis Millers from 1932-35, leading the American Association in RBI in 1932.

Ganzel played in the Southern Association from 1924 to 1927 (as an OF) and the American Association from 1928 to 1935 (mostly as a 3B). Overall, his career stretched from 1922 to 1941, collecting 2,032 minor league hits and 421 2B to go with his .317 average.

Ganzel was owner of the Gadsden Pilots in 1941 until selling his interest in the team in June.

His father Charlie Ganzel and uncle John Ganzel were major leaguers, and two brothers were minor league players. Babe debuted in the majors 43 years after Charlie, which is (through 2000 at least) the longest gap between first games played by a father and son in the majors. Charlie had been dead 13 years by the time Babe debuted.

A number of sources say that Babe was given the first name "Foster" after his father's close friend Elmer Foster.

His obituary claims that as manager of Selma, he rarely had his players bunt, which rankled some fans, so one day he had nine players in a row bunt. The obituary claims that all nine got on base.

He supposedly was removed from a game because of a dog while playing for Minneapolis. He chased a dog that came onto the field, got bit, and had to leave.

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Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1936 Jacksonville Tars South Atlantic League 88-57 2nd none Lost League Finals
1937 Selma Cloverleafs Southeastern League 75-87 2nd Boston Red Sox & Washington Senators Lost in 1st round
1938 St. Paul Saints American Association 90-61 1st Chicago White Sox Lost League Finals
1939 St. Paul Saints American Association 73-81 5th Chicago White Sox
1940 St. Paul Saints American Association 69-79 5th Chicago White Sox
1941 Gadsden Pilots Southeastern League 25-40 -- none -- replaced by Russell Maxcy 93-9) on June 16
Jacksonville Tars South Atlantic League 30-31 5th none replaced Nellie Leach (33-44) on July 8
1942 Jacksonville Tars South Atlantic League 45-31 -- New York Giants -- replaced by Vic Bradford (30-28) on July 16

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