George Michael Genovese
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 6½", Weight 160 lb.
- High School Port Richmond High School
- Debut April 29, 1950
- Final Game May 6, 1950
- Born February 22, 1922 in Staten Island, NY USA
- Died November 15, 2015 in Burbank, CA USA
George Genovese went to Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, NY. When he graduated in 1940 he went to a tryout camp in Waterbury, CT and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals. He had two older brothers, Frank and Anthony, who played professional baseball.
George played in 1940 and 1941 for the Hamilton Red Wings in the Class D PONY League. In 1942 while with the Asheville Tourists in the Class B Piedmont League he got his draft notice and was allowed to finish the season and then was inducted into the Army Signal Corps which was later part of the Army Air Force. He received his training at Drew Field, FL where he played baseball while attending radar school. He was then sent to the Pacific where he was at Okinawa. He was discharged from the service in March 1946.
Genovese returned to baseball and spent the 1946 season with the Lynchburg Cardinals in the Piedmont League. In 1947 he played for the Omaha Cardinals in the Class A Western League. In 1948 he left the Cardinals chain, and was with the Denver Bears of the Western League and the Hollywood Stars of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. The 1949 season was again with Hollywood. After the season, he was drafted by the Washington Senators in the 1949 Rule V Draft.
Genovese began his major league career on April 29, 1950, appearing for the Senators as a pinch hitter for pitcher Ray Scarborough. He walked against New York Yankees' pitcher Allie Reynolds in his first career plate appearance. In his next game, on May 5th, Genovese pinch hit for pitcher Mickey Harris and grounded out. He pinch ran for catcher Al Evans in his third and final game (May 6th), scoring a run when Eddie Yost doubled him home two batters later.
Later in the 1950 season, he was sent to the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA Southern Association. He then played seven more seasons in the minor leagues and retired from playing. Genovese also managed the Tigres de México from 1955 to 1958.
A shortstop in the minors, Genovese played in at least 1,387 games, collecting at least 1,162 hits (of which at least 241 were for extra bases).
After managing in the San Francisco Giants chain for four years, Genovese was a scout for the club for over 20 years. Genovese signed Bobby Bonds, George Foster, Gary Matthews and Royce Clayton for the Giants, among others. He also scouted for the St. Louis Cardinals, Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1952||Batavia Clippers||PONY League||57-68||5th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1953||St. Jean Canadians||Provincial League||57-65||6th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1954||Hutchinson Elks||Western Association||--||Pittsburgh Pirates||--||replaced by Larry Dorton July 19|
|Salinas Packers||California League||21-30||7th||none||replaced Paul Pettit (0-1) on July 23|
|1955||Tigres de México||Mexican League||53-47||1st (t)||Pittsburgh Pirates||League Champs|
|1956||Tigres de México||Mexican League||73-45||2nd||Pittsburgh Pirates||none|
|1957||Tigres de México||Mexican League||63-57||3rd||Pittsburgh Pirates||Lost League Finals|
|1958||Tigres de México||Mexican League||52-68||5th||none|
|1960||Artesia Giants||Sophomore League||62-68||4th||San Francisco Giants|
|1961||El Paso Sun Kings||Sophomore League||73-57||2nd||San Francisco Giants|
|1962||El Paso Sun Kings||Texas League||80-60||1st||San Francisco Giants||Lost in 1st round|
|1963||El Paso Sun Kings||Texas League||68-72||4th||San Francisco Giants||Lost in 1st round|
- George Genovese and Dan Taylor: A Scout's Report: My 70 Years in Baseball, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2015. ISBN 978-0-7864-9730-0
- George Genovese and Dan Taylor: Fate's Take-Out Slide: A Baseball Scout Recalls Can't-Miss Prospects Who Did, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2017. ISBN 978-1-4766-7010-2