John Kennedy (kennejo03)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder John Kennedy shares both a name and a birthday with President John F. Kennedy: both men were born on May 29th.

Kennedy played 12 years in the major leagues, amassing 2,110 at-bats, but getting over 300 at-bats in a season only once. He played 455 games at third base, 226 at shortstop, and 143 at second base. His best year with the bat was when he hit .276/.320/.412 for the Boston Red Sox in 1971; it was his only season with an OPS+ over 100.

Breaking in with the Washington Senators in 1962, he got his only season as a full-time regular in 1964 under manager Gil Hodges, hitting .230 with 7 home runs on a team that hit .231 and lost 100 games. After the season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who would win the pennant each of the next two years. He was used frequently in the field by the 1965 and 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers and appeared in the World Series both years with them.

He was an original Seattle Pilots player in 1969. According to Jim Bouton's Ball Four he was ejected from a game on June 18th after the umpire called him out on strikes. He raged through the clubhouse after the ejection. When asked why he got so worked up, he said he was called out on strikes exactly when his greenie kicked in.

After his playing days ended, Kennedy was a minor league coach and manager and a scout. He was the manager of the independent North Shore Spirit from the club's inception in 2003 until 2006.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1975 Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League 81-62 2nd Boston Red Sox
1976 Bristol Red Sox Eastern League 74-60 4th Boston Red Sox
1977 Bristol Red Sox Eastern League 72-67 5th Boston Red Sox
1978 Jersey City A's Eastern League 54-83 6th Oakland Athletics
2003 North Shore Spirit Northeast League 51-39 2nd Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2004 North Shore Spirit Northeast League 57-35 2nd Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2005 North Shore Spirit Can-Am Association 55-36 2nd Independent Leagues
2006 North Shore Spirit Can-Am Association 58-32 1st Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round

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