Don Gutteridge

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Snipped from: 1960 Topps #458 White Sox Coaches

Donald Joseph Gutteridge

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Biographical information[edit]

Infielder Don Gutteridge played a dozen years in the majors and later was a long time coach in the big leagues as well as, briefly, a manager. After playing parts of five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, he spent four years with the St. Louis Browns, for whom he was the starting second baseman in the 1944 World Series. After briefly managing the Toledo Mud Hens in 1946, he played portions of two seasons with the Boston Red Sox. He concluded his major league career with the 1948 Pittsburgh Pirates.

Following his playing days, Gutteridge spent 1951 as the skipper of the Indianapolis Indians in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. The next season, he began a long association with the Chicago White Sox. He managed the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Western League in 1952 and 1953, leading the team to the best record in the circuit the second year, and then moved up to the Memphis Chicks of the Southern Association in 1954. From 1955 until 1966, he was first base coach on the major league staff (mostly under skipper Al Lopez) and also worked with the Florida Instructional League White Sox on occasion. In 1967, he again managed Indianapolis Indians, now the Sox AAA team in the Pacific Coast League.

Gutteridge began 1968 scouting for the Kansas City Royals in preparation for the expansion draft, before rejoining the White Sox coaching staff in July 1968 when Al Lopez returned as manager. When Lopez stepped down in May 1969, Gutteridge took over at the helm of the Sox. He was in turn replaced in September 1970 by Bill Adair after posting a 109-172 record. After being let go by the Sox, he was a longtime scout with the Royals (1970), New York Yankees (1971-1974) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1975-1992).

After baseball, Gutteridge returned to his hometown of Pittsburg, Kansas, where his birthday was celebrated annually as "Don Gutteridge Day". He died there in 2008 at age 96 after contracting pneumonia. At the time of his passing, he was one of ten oldest living major league baseball players, baseball's oldest living former manager or coach, the last surviving member of the Gas House Gang, and the last living St. Louis Brown to play in the World Series.

Gutteridge's father, Joe, was a mayor of Pittsburg, KS.

Preceded by
Al Lopez
Chicago White Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Bill Adair

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1946 Toledo Mud Hens American Association 33-54 -- St. Louis Browns - replaced by George DeTore on July 9
1951 Indianapolis Indians American Association 68-84 7th Pittsburgh Pirates
1952 Colorado Springs Sky Sox Western League 87-67 2nd Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
1953 Colorado Springs Sky Sox Western League 95-59 1st Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
1954 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 80-74 4th Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
1967 Indianapolis Indians Pacific Coast League 76-71 5th Chicago White Sox
1969 Chicago White Sox American League 60-85 5th Chicago White Sox replaced Al Lopez (8-9) on May 3
1970 Chicago White Sox American League 49-87 -- Chicago White Sox replaced by Bill Adair on September 1

Also managed the White Sox Florida Instructional League franchises in 1960 and from 1962 to 1966.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Don Gutteridge (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, February 1978, pp. 74-76. [1]

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