John Felske

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John Frederick Felske

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Biographical Information[edit]

John Felske hit his one career home run on June 1, 1972. The opposing pitcher was Lindy McDaniel of the New York Yankees; Felske and the Milwaukee Brewers won the game, 9-8. He played his last game for the Brewers in 1973 and immediately became a manager in the Brewers' farm system.

In 1974, Felske guided the Newark Co-Pilots. The next two years he moved up to the Eastern League, with the Thetford Mines Miners in 1975 and the Berkshire Brewers in 1976. Next he spent three years in the Pacific Coast League, guiding the Spokane Indians in 1977 and 1978, and the Vancouver Canadians in 1979. He left the Brewers and spent two seasons as a Toronto Blue Jays coach in 1980 and 1981.

Felske returned to the minors in the Philadelphia Phillies chain with the Reading Phillies in 1982 and the Portland Beavers in 1983. He was a member of the Phillies coaching staff in 1984. He took over as the Phillies manager in 1985 and held that position for two and a half seasons, including guiding the team to an unexpected second-place finish behind the New York Mets in 1986. When the Phils failed to get off to a good start in 1987, he was fired and replaced buy Lee Elia. In 8 minor league seasons (7 at AA or AAA) his teams were 513-538 and in 2 1/2 major league seasons they were 190-194.

Preceded by
Paul Owens
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Lee Elia

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1974 Newark Co-Pilots New York-Penn League 30-36 5th Milwaukee Brewers none
1975 Thetford Mines Miners Eastern League 59-80 7th Milwaukee Brewers
1976 Berkshire Brewers Eastern League 68-68 5th Milwaukee Brewers
1977 Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League 75-69 4th Milwaukee Brewers
1978 Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League 64-75 8th Milwaukee Brewers
1979 Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League 79-68 3rd Milwaukee Brewers Lost in 1st round
1982 Reading Phillies Eastern League 63-75 5th Philadelphia Phillies
1983 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 75-67 3rd (t) Philadelphia Phillies League Champs
1985 Philadelphia Phillies National League 75-87 5th Philadelphia Phillies
1986 Philadelphia Phillies National League 86-75 2nd Philadelphia Phillies
1987 Philadelphia Phillies National League 29-32 -- Philadelphia Phillies replaced by Lee Elia on June 18

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