Bruno Betzel

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Christian Frederick Albert John Henry David Betzel

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 158 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

“Betzel is a corking good player. He is short (5-feet-9 and 158 pounds), well made, hits hard and covers a world of ground at second base.” - scouting report of Bruno in The Tennesseean, September 22, 1912

Bruno Betzel came to the majors at age 19 and stayed with the St. Louis Cardinals for five seasons. He was the team's regular third baseman in 1915 and the regular second baseman in 1916. He played in the Appalachian League in 1912-1913 and in the American Association from 1918-1929.

Bruno managed in the minor leagues for 26 years between 1927-1956, compiling a record of 1,887-1,892. He managed in the organizations of the Brooklyn Dodgers (1936-1937, 1941-1945), New York Yankees (1938-1940), New York Giants (1946-1948), and Cincinnati Reds (1950). In 1957, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1927 Indianapolis Indians American Association 70-97 6th none
1928 Indianapolis Indians American Association 99-68 1st none League Champs
1929 Indianapolis Indians American Association 78-89 4th none
1930 Topeka Senators Western League 66-84 7th St. Louis Browns none
1932 Louisville Colonels American Association 67-101 8th none
1933 Louisville Colonels American Association 70-83 6th none
1934 Louisville Colonels American Association 29-34 -- none -- replaced by Ken Penner (49-40) June 22
1935 Fort Wayne Chiefs Three-I League 52-71 5th none
1936 Allentown Brooks New York-Penn League 71-68 5th Brooklyn Dodgers
1937 Elmira Colonels New York-Penn League 84-51 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1938 Binghamton Triplets Eastern League 84-51 1st New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1939 Binghamton Triplets Eastern League 71-69 5th New York Yankees
1940 Binghamton Triplets Eastern League 77-62 2nd New York Yankees League Champs
1941 Durham Bulls Piedmont League 84-53 1st Brooklyn Dodgers League Champs
1942 Durham Bulls Piedmont League 65-70 5th Brooklyn Dodgers
1943 Durham Bulls Piedmont League 44-86 6th Brooklyn Dodgers
1944 Montreal Royals International League 73-80 6th Brooklyn Dodgers
1945 Montreal Royals International League 95-58 1st Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals
1946 Jersey City Giants International League 57-96 8th New York Giants
1947 Jersey City Giants International League 94-60 1st New York Giants Lost in 1st round
1948 Jersey City Giants International League 69-83 7th New York Giants
1950 Syracuse Chiefs International League 74-79 6th Cincinnati Reds
1951 Syracuse Chiefs International League 82-71 3rd none Lost League Finals
1952 Syracuse Chiefs International League 88-66 2nd none Lost in 1st round
1953 Syracuse Chiefs International League 58-95 7th none
1956 Toronto Maple Leafs International League 86-66 1st none Lost League Finals
Totals 26 Seasons 1,887-1,891 4 League Championships

See also[edit]

Minor League Wins by a Manager

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