Bob Kennedy

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Robert Daniel Kennedy

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Biographical Information[edit]


Bob Kennedy grew up on the South Side of Chicago and worked as a vendor at Comiskey Park as a youth.

He made his big league debut for Chicago White Sox as a 19-year old in 1939. Kennedy entered Naval Aviation in October 1942, was transferred to the Marines and was discharged in January 1946. In Korea, he gave flying lessons to fellow fighter jockey Ted Williams.

After a playing career that lasted nearly two decades, Kennedy was the Cleveland Indians' assistant farm director in 1960-1961. He was part of the Chicago Cubs College of Coaches as a coach in 1962, then went on to manage the team from 1963to 1965, and the Oakland Athletics in 1968. From 1970 to 1972, Kennedy was the Director of Player Development for the St. Louis Cardinals and was the assistant GM of the Cards from 1973 to 1975. He became General Manager of the Cubs (from 1977 to May 1981). Kennedy moved to the Houston Astros as assistant GM from 1982 to 1985, and held the same post with the San Francisco Giants from 1986 to 1992.

Kennedy's son, catcher Terry Kennedy, was an All-Star for the San Diego Padres. Another son, Bob Kennedy Jr., pitched in the St. Louis Cardinals chain and was later a scout for the Chicago Cubs.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Preceded by
College of Coaches
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Lou Klein
Preceded by
Luke Appling
Oakland A's Manager
Succeeded by
Hank Bauer
Preceded by
Salty Saltwell
Chicago Cubs General Manager
Succeeded by
Herman Franks

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1962 Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League 81-73 2nd Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians none
1963 Chicago Cubs National League 82-80 7th Chicago Cubs
1964 Chicago Cubs National League 76-86 8th Chicago Cubs
1965 Chicago Cubs National League 24-32 -- Chicago Cubs replaced by Lou Klein on June 14
1966 Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League 74-66 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1968 Oakland Athletics American League 82-80 6th Oakland Athletics

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