Loren Babe

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Loren Rolland Babe
(Bee Bee)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Loren Babe was in the New York Yankees minor league organization for many years, coming to the majors in 1952 and 1953. He was sold early in the 1953 season to the Philadelphia Athletics, and was later traded back to the Yankees organization. His pro playing career lasted from 1945 to 1958, missing the 1946 season due to military service. He hit .330 for Norfolk in 69 games in 1945 and .335 for Muskegon in 117 games in 1950.

After retiring, Babe was a manager in the minors from 1961 to 1966, and again in 1971 and 1975-1976. Tony LaRussa gave Babe a lot of credit for teaching him about managing in 1975 and 1976 when LaRussa was a player-coach under Babe in the minors. Babe coached with the New York Yankees in 1967 and scouted for them from 1968-1970 and 1972-1974. He moved on to the Chicago White Sox as a special assignment scout in 1977-1979, then as a coach in 1979, 1980 and 1983.

When it was found in April 1983 that Babe was suffering from cancer, Charley Lau voluntarily gave up his spot on the coaching staff so Babe could qualify for pension benefits. He died of cancer at age 56. Lau was diagnosed with cancer a month after Babe, and died five weeks after him.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1961 Auburn Yankees New York-Penn League 52-73 8th New York Yankees
1962 Idaho Falls Yankees Pioneer League 52-78 6th New York Yankees
1963 Idaho Falls Yankees Pioneer League 77-49 2nd New York Yankees League Champs
1964 Greensboro Yankees Carolina League 76-61 3rd New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1965 Columbus Confederate Yankees Southern League 79-59 1st New York Yankees none League Champs
1966 Toledo Mud Hens International League 71-75 6th New York Yankees
1971 Syracuse Chiefs International League 73-67 4th New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1975 Denver Bears American Association 81-55 1st Chicago White Sox Lost League Finals
1976 Iowa Oaks American Association 68-68 4th Chicago White Sox

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