Joe Schultz (schuljo05)

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Joseph Charles Schultz Jr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

The son of Joe Schultz, catcher Joe Schultz got his first professional at-bat in 1932 (though various sources give the date as 1931, there are 1932 newspaper accounts of the event). As the batboy for the Houston Buffaloes, which his father was managing, Schultz got a pinch-hit single off Hank Thormahlen at the age of just 14. Schultz got his real start for the 1936 Albany Travelers. He made it to the majors for the first time at the tail end of the 1939 season, playing five full seasons and parts of four others as a fringe reserve. His playing career lasted until 1948.

Schultz was then a coach for the St. Louis Browns in 1949. He managed in the minors from 1950 to 1962, then was a coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1963 to 1968. He also managed in various winter leagues.

Schultz was the manager of the 1969 Seattle Pilots, immortalized in Jim Bouton's Ball Four. The zany skipper, who was always exhorting his players to "pound that ol' Budweiser," used comedy to keep his team loose. Among numerous funny quotes in the book, one was about the art of bunting: "Boys, bunting is like jacking off. Once you learn how you never forget." Perhaps his most lasting line, however, is "Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit it square."

Schultz was a coach for the 1970 Kansas City Royals, then coached third base from 1971 to 1976 for the Detroit Tigers, replacing Alfred "Billy" Martin as manager to finish the 1973 season.

Preceded by
Seattle Pilots Manager
Succeeded by
Dave Bristol
Preceded by
Billy Martin
Detroit Tigers Manager
Succeeded by
Ralph Houk

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1950 Wichita Indians Western League 77-77 4th St. Louis Browns Lost League Finals
1951 Wichita Indians Western League 84-68 3rd Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round
1952 Tulsa Oilers Texas League 78-83 6th Cincinnati Reds
1953 Tulsa Oilers Texas League 83-71 2nd Cincinnati Reds Lost League Finals
1954 Tulsa Oilers Texas League 78-83 6th Cincinnati Reds
1955 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 77-74 5th Cincinnati Reds
1956 San Antonio Missions Texas League 76-78 5th Baltimore Orioles
1957 San Antonio Missions Texas League 76-78 3rd Baltimore Orioles Lost in 1st round
1958 York White Roses Eastern League 68-61 3rd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1959 Omaha Cardinals American Association 83-78 4th St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1960 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 59-87 7th St. Louis Cardinals none
1961 San Juan Marlins/Charleston Marlins International League 88-66 2nd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1962 Atlanta Crackers International League 83-71 3rd St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1969 Seattle Pilots American League 64-98 6th Seattle Pilots
1973 Detroit Tigers American League 14-14 3rd Detroit Tigers replaced Billy Martin (71-63) on August 31

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