Frank Lucchesi

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Frank Joseph Lucchesi

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Biographical Information[edit]

Frank Lucchesi compiled a record of 1,605-1,436 in 23 seasons as a minor league manager between 1951 and 1989. He had a 316-399 record as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies (1970-1972), Texas Rangers (1975-1977), and Chicago Cubs (1987).

His tenure as a major league manager is most remembered for an unfortunate incident when he was manager of the Rangers in spring training of 1977: infielder Lenny Randle assaulted him, broke his jaw and inflicted a number of other injuries in what was apparently an unprovoked attack. Randle later claimed that Lucchesi had insulted him, calling him a "punk" (before the term became primarily associated with a musical genre and lost much of its bite). Randle was suspended and then traded away to the New York Mets for his role in the incident, but Lucchesi's reputation was also shattered. He was fired shortly thereafter and never received another chance to be a full-time manager in the majors (his gig with the Cubs in 1987 was in an interim capacity).

In 1954, was out temporarily as manager of Pine Bluff Judges for surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.

He made his first baseball card appearance in the 1970 Topps set.

Preceded by
George Myatt
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Paul Owens
Preceded by
Billy Martin
Texas Rangers Manager
Succeeded by
Eddie Stanky
Preceded by
Gene Michael
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Don Zimmer

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1951 Medford Rogues Far West League 47-67 5th none
1952 Thomasville Tomcats Georgia-Florida League 66-74 6th none
1953 Pine Bluff Judges Cotton States League 65-60 3rd St. Louis Browns Lost in 1st round
1954 Pine Bluff Judges Cotton States League 5th St. Louis Browns Replaced by Bill Enos May 21 to June 2
1955 Pocatello Bannocks Pioneer League 72-59 3rd none Lost League Finals
1956 Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer League 70-62 2nd Philadelphia Phillies
1957 High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms Carolina League 79-61 2nd Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1958 High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms Carolina League 76-63 2nd Philadelphia Phillies Lost in 1st round
1959 Williamsport Grays Eastern League 81-60 3rd Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1960 Williamsport Grays Eastern League 79-62 1st Philadelphia Phillies Co-Champs
1961 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern Association 90-62 1st Philadelphia Phillies League Champs
1962 Williamsport Grays Eastern League 83-57 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1963 Arkansas Travelers International League 78-73 4th Philadelphia Phillies
1964 Arkansas Travelers International League 95-61 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1965 Arkansas Travelers International League 67-79 10th Philadelphia Phillies
1966 San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League 72-75 8th Philadelphia Phillies
1967 Reading Phillies Eastern League 70-69 6th/3rd Philadelphia Phillies
1968 Reading Phillies Eastern League 81-59 2nd Philadelphia Phillies League Champs
1969 Eugene Emeralds Pacific Coast League 88-58 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1970 Philadelphia Phillies National League 73-88 5th Philadelphia Phillies
1971 Philadelphia Phillies National League 67-95 6th Philadelphia Phillies
1972 Philadelphia Phillies National League 26-50 -- Philadelphia Phillies replaced by Paul Owens on July 10
1973 Oklahoma City 89ers American Association 61-74 7th Cleveland Indians
1975 Texas Rangers American League 35-32 3rd Texas Rangers replaced Billy Martin (44-51) on July 21
1976 Texas Rangers American League 76-86 4th Texas Rangers
1977 Texas Rangers American League 31-31 2nd Texas Rangers replaced by Eddie Stanky on June 22
1981 Charleston Charlies International League 45-41 5th Cleveland Indians replaced Cal Emery
1987 Chicago Cubs National League 8-17 6th Chicago Cubs replaced Gene Michael (68-68) on September 8
1988 Nashville Sounds American Association 22-17 4th Cincinnati Reds replaced George Scherger on July 25
1989 Nashville Sounds American Association 74-72 4th Cincinnati Reds

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