Les Peden

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Leslie Earl Peden

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Biographical Information[edit]

After leaving the major leagues, Les Peden became a minor league player-manager with the Des Moines Bruins in the Western League in 1954-1955. In 1956 and 1957 he was a player for the Shreveport Sports and Little Rock Travelers in the Southern Association. In 1958, he was player-manager of the Travelers in the Kansas City A's organization. He led the Panama Winter League record in batting average in the 1958-59 season, with a mark of.390, a record at the time.

When the A's switched Southern Association affiliates, Peden moved back to Shreveport from 1959-1961. Peden moved up to the AAA affiliate Portland Beavers in the Pacific Coast League in 1962-1963. In 1964, Peden took over the independent Quincy Gems of the Midwest League in mid-year, where he actually pitched in 15 games. Finally leaving playing behind, he managed the Wenatchee Chiefs and was a Chicago Cubs coach in 1965, and moved back to managing with the Cubs AAA Tacoma Cubs of the PCL in 1966. Peden resurfaced in 1978 as skipper of the independent Alexandria Dukes of the Carolina League.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1954 Des Moines Bruins Western League 88-66 2nd Chicago Cubs League Champs
1955 Des Moines Bruins Western League 35-45 -- Chicago Cubs -- Replaced by Burdette Thurlby (2-0) in July
1958 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 74-80 6th Kansas City A's
1959 Shreveport Sports Southern Association 75-79 5th Kansas City A's
1960 Shreveport Sports Southern Association 86-67 2nd Kansas City A's none
1961 Shreveport Sports Southern Association 69-84 7th Kansas City A's none
1962 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 74-80 6th Kansas City A's none
1963 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 28-28 -- Kansas City A's -- Replaced by Dan Carnevale (45-56) on June 10
1964 Quincy Gems Midwest League 26-33 10th none Replaced Jim Finigan (16-45) on July 4
1965 Wenatchee Chiefs Northwest League 66-70 4th Chicago Cubs
1966 Tacoma Cubs Pacific Coast League 63-85 11th Chicago Cubs
1978 Alexandria Dukes Carolina League 58-75 4th none

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