John Bottarini

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John Charles Bottarini

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Biographical Information[edit]

John Bottarini played 18 years in the minors, coming to the majors with the Chicago Cubs in 1937 and hitting pretty well (.275/.370/.425). Bottarini might have played more, but 36-year-old Gabby Hartnett had one of his best years, hitting .354 and finishing second in the MVP voting. In the minors, John played the first part of his career in the PCL, with Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was on the 1933 San Francisco Seals with the young Joe DiMaggio and Vince DiMaggio. John spent 1939-1942 playing for Syracuse and closed out his minor league playing career in 1950. For three seasons, he was a player-manager in the minors.

John's baseball career was interrupted by World War II. He served in the Army Air Force and played service ball. After his playing days, he was an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico. He drowned in a boating accident in 1976.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1947 Clovis Pioneers West Texas-New Mexico League 22-45 8th none replaced Jack Riley (19-53) on July 13
1948 Clovis Pioneers West Texas-New Mexico League 46-61 -- none -- replaced by Clarence Novotney (15-16) on August 8
1950 Sweetwater Swatters Longhorn League 52-69 -- none -- replaced by Dominic Chiola (16-15) on August 12

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