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Ken Berry

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ken Berry was a very good defensive center fielder, known especially for leaping above the outfield wall to rob opposing hitters. He also had a strong and accurate arm. In 1966 and 1967, the Chicago White Sox had probably the two best defensive center fielders in all of baseball in their lineup, between Berry and Tommie Agee. Berry played the outfield corners while Agee was in center field and went back to center after Agee was traded to the New York Mets before the 1968 season. An All-Star in 1967, Berry won two Gold Gloves and finished his career with a .255 average and 1,053 hits in 14 seasons.

Berry was the New York Mets' minor league hitting instructor in 1995 and 1996. He was a coach for the Binghamton Mets (1998), Pittsfield Mets (1999-2000), and Kingsport Mets (2001). In 2007, he was a coach for the Brevard County Manatees in the Florida State League. In 2008, Berry was the Roving Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ken had a minor part in the 1988 movie Eight Men Out and served as a baseball consultant on the set. His son, Layne "Boomer" Berry, played minor league ball from 2004-2009.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (1967)
  • 2-time AL Gold Glove Winner (1970 & 1972)

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1982 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 43-33 1st New York Yankees Lost League Finals
1987 Appleton Foxes Midwest League 71-69 6th (t) Kansas City Royals
1989 Birmingham Barons Southern League 88-55 1st Chicago White Sox League Champs
1990 Birmingham Barons Southern League 77-67 4th Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
1991 AZL Padres Arizona League 31-29 4th San Diego Padres
1992 AZL Padres Arizona League 20-36 7th San Diego Padres
1993 AZL Padres Arizona League 24-31 6th San Diego Padres
1997 Kingsport Mets Appalachian League 37-31 5th New York Mets

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