Len Okrie

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Leonard Joseph Okrie

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Len Okrie debuted in the minor leagues in 1942. He then missed the 1943-1945 seasons in military service during World War II, serving as a radio operator in the United States Navy.

After his playing career ended, Okrie became a manager in the Boston Red Sox chain. He managed Bluefield to the Appalachian League' best record and playoff title in 1954. He was a Red Sox coach in 1961 and 1962, then was a coach for the Red Sox again in 1965 and 1966. He moved to the Detroit Tigers organization in 1967, and was a coach for the Tigers in 1970. Overall, Okrie managed 15 years in the minors, compiling a 914-1013 record.

He also managed the 1962 Florida Instructional League team for the Boston Red Sox, who were 17-30.

Len is the son of Frank Okrie, and the brother of Bob Okrie, minor league outfielder from 1944 to 1949. After retiring from baseball, he worked in law enforcement with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, in North Carolina retiring in 1986. He continued working as a part-time security guard and department store greeter.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1954 Bluefield Blue-Grays Appalachian League 70-43 1st Boston Red Sox League Champs
1955 Bluefield Blue-Grays Appalachian League 55-67 6th Boston Red Sox
1956 Lafayette Red Sox Midwest League 69-56 2nd Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1957 Greensboro Patriots Carolina League 76-64 3rd Boston Red Sox
1958 Raleigh Capitals Carolina League 63-73 6th Boston Red Sox
1959 Corning Cor-Sox New York-Penn League 63-62 4th Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1960 Corning Red Sox New York-Penn League 60-69 4th Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1963 Waterloo Hawks Midwest League 58-66 6th Boston Red Sox none
1967 Statesville Tigers Western Carolinas League 59-62 4th Detroit Tigers none
1968 Lakeland Tigers Florida State League 58-91 9th Detroit Tigers
1969 Lakeland Tigers Florida State League 63-68 8th Detroit Tigers
1971 Rocky Mount Leafs Carolina League 65-69 5th Detroit Tigers
1972 Rocky Mount Leafs Carolina League 49-88 6th Detroit Tigers
1973 Anderson Tigers Western Carolinas League 54-73 5th Detroit Tigers
1974 Clinton Pilots Midwest League 52-72 9th Detroit Tigers

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