Joe Kracher

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Joseph Peter Kracher (Jug)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Joe Kracher caught 15 seasons (1936 to 1953), one in the Major Leagues and 15 in the minors, losing three years to the Military. He served in the U.S. Army for World War II (GB). After the war he mostly played in Texas.

He had a cup of coffee for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1939, posting an OBP of .429.

He played for the minor league Baltimore Orioles in 1940-41.

Kracher managed the Kilgore Drillers in 1947 and 1948, and also led the league with a .433 average in 1948. In 1950 and 1951 he managed at Tyler. His .433 hitting average was the highest in all organized baseball that year and for this achievement he was presented with the LOUISVILLE SLUGGER AWARD by the company that manufactured bats known by the same name.

He died at age 66 and is buried at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo, TX.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1946 Texarkana Bears East Texas League 2nd Chicago White Sox Lost League Finals replaced Gabby Lusk
1947 Kilgore Drillers Lone Star League 78-60 1st none League Champs
1948 Kilgore Drillers Lone Star League 94-44 1st none League Champs
1949 Kilgore Drillers East Texas League 75-65 4th none Lost League Finals
1950 Hammond Berries Evangeline League 50-48 -- none -- replaced by Joe Powers (21-17) on July 28
Tyler Trojans East Texas League 5th none replaced Stan Goletz July 31
1951 Tyler East Texans Big State League 31-45 -- none -- replaced Harold Epps (11-39) on June 4 /
replaced by Gale Pringle (5-16) on August 17
1952 Lake Charles Lakers Gulf Coast League 49-59 7th none replaced Sid Gautreaux (20-26) on June 2

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