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John Ganzel

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John Henry Ganzel

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0½", Weight 195 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

John Ganzel was the brother of Charlie Ganzel and uncle of Babe Ganzel. A first baseman, he played seven seasons in the majors and at least 14 in the minors. He also managed a couple seasons in the majors and 16 in the minors.

Ganzel was born in Kalamazoo, MI. He had a cup of coffee with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1898 and then came to the Chicago Orphans for 78 games in 1900 (and was with Detroit in the minors for 22 games that same year). He was with the New York Giants in 1901 and then spent 1902 in the minors with the Louisville Colonels. In 1903 and 1904 he played for the New York Highlanders and then in 1905 and 1906 he was with the Grand Rapids Orphans/Grand Rapids Wolverines. He came back to the majors one last time in 1907 and 1908 with the Cincinnati Reds. After his time with the Reds he played a few seasons with the Rochester Bronchos.

John had begun managing in 1905-06 with Grand Rapids and then managed the Cincinnati Reds to a fifth place finish in 1908 while serving as the regular first baseman. Thereafter, he managed at Rochester from 1909 to 1915, sometimes also playing, before coming back to the majors to manage in the Federal League for part of the 1915 season with the Brooklyn Tip-Tops.

He later managed the Kansas City Blues in the minors for three years, and many years later managed the Laurel Cardinals and Orlando Senators.

There were five Ganzel brothers, and the family was called the "First Family" of Michigan baseball. John and Charlie were in the majors, while Fred Ganzel played independent ball, Joe Ganzel played independent ball and in the minors, and George Ganzel played independent ball and in the minors. Source: Ganzel Brothers. The article also notes that at one point, John was the highest-paid minor league manager in the country.

Preceded by
Ned Hanlon
Cincinnati Reds Manager
Succeeded by
Clark Griffith

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1905 Grand Rapids Orphans Central League 77-59 2nd none
1906 Grand Rapids Wolverines Central League 99-52 1st none League Champs
1908 Cincinnati Reds National League 73-81 5th none
Rochester Bronchos Eastern League 8th none replaced Al Buckenberger
1909 Rochester Bronchos Eastern League 90-61 1st none League Champs
1910 Rochester Bronchos Eastern League 92-61 1st none League Champs
1911 Rochester Bronchos Eastern League 98-54 1st none League Champs
1912 Rochester Hustlers International League 86-67 2nd none
1913 Rochester Hustlers International League 92-62 2nd
1914 Rochester Hustlers International League 91-63 3rd none
1915 Rochester Hustlers International League 44-55 -- -- replaced by Bob Williams (25-14) on August 17
Brooklyn Tip-Tops Federal League 17-18 7th none replaced Lee Magee
1917 Kansas City Blues American Association 66-86 7th none
1918 Kansas City Blues American Association 73-30 1st League suspended operations on July 21
1919 Kansas City Blues American Association 86-65 2nd none
1928 Laurel Cardinals Cotton States League -- -- replaced by Bobby Schang July 6
1938 Orlando Senators Florida State League 45-33 3rd Lost in 1st round replaced Harold Conn (8-8) on June 17
1939 Orlando Senators Florida State League 54-82 7th
1940 Orlando Senators Florida State League 71-69 4th League Champs

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