George Greer

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George Edward Greer

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Outfielder George Greer reached AAA as a minor league player, was a college coach for over 30 years, and has also been a minor league coach and manager.

Greer was a star for Team USA in the 1967 Pan American Games. He led the tournament with six doubles. In the bottom of the 9th of the final game of the Games, he came to bat with the bases loaded against Cuban ace Manuel Alarcón and promptly delivered a single for the game-winner. It was the first time the US ever beat the Cuban national team in the Gold Medal game of an international competition and it has been the US's only Gold in baseball at the Pan American Games through 2008.

He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 17th round of the 1968 amateur draft. Assigned inititally to the St. Petersburg Cardinals, he hit .310 in '68. In 1969, George hit .245/~.306/.299 in a return trip to St. Pete and had 17 outfield assists. 1970 was his best season as a player. With the Modesto Reds, Greer put up a .304/~.377/.493 line. He was seventh in the California League in average, tied for fourth with 21 homers and led the league with 96 RBI while splitting the year between 1B and the outfield. In '71, Greer hit .239/~.332/.360 for the Arkansas Travelers and .316/~.381/.500 in his only taste of AAA, 12 games for the Tulsa Oilers.

He became the head baseball coach at the University of Connecticut-Avery Point in 1972. After nine seasons there, he moved on to Davidson College from 1981 to 1987. From 1979 to 1987 Greer was manager of the Cotuit Kettleers of the summer collegiate Cape Cod League, where he won three championships. In 1988, he became head coach at Wake Forest University. Greer spent 17 seasons with the Demon Deacons, who posted a 608-382-4 record under his guidance. He was also a coach for the Modesto Reds in 1973. He became manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League for the 2006 season. Greer was a coach for the Kingsport Mets in 2007, Savannah Sand Gnats in 2008, and St. Lucie Mets in 2009-2011. He moved up to the Buffalo Bisons in 2012 and Las Vegas 51s in 2013-2014. Greer moved to the St. Louis Cardinals' chain as a coach for the Johnson City Cardinals in 2015.

In 2018, he was promoted in mid-season to assistant hitting coach with the major league Cardinals following the firing of manager Mike Matheny and of hitting coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller.

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