Lou Haneles

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Biographical Information[edit]

Lefthanded C/1B Lou Haneles played minor league baseball from 1936 to 1940 and in 1946 and 1949 while managing. In total, he appeared in 322 games, hitting .256 with 230 hits in 900 at-bats. Haneles began 1946 as one of the co-owners and player/general manager of the Bloomingdale Troopers and ended it as owner/player/manager of the Walden Hummingbirds in the same league. Later, in June of 1948, Haneles sued the Brooklyn Dodgers and Branch Rickey for $100,000, claiming that the Dodgers seized the Walden franchise, moved it to Kingston, NY and sold it.

In June of 1948, Haneles and Eddie Ainsmith organized the National Girls' Baseball League, which was to operate in 1949. In 1949, Haneles was the GM of the Leesburg Dodgers and began the year as manager, before giving up the duties April 21. On June 9, 15 of the team's players asked George Trautman to be placed on the voluntarily retired list, claiming Haneles paid salaries below class-D standards and said he "economized to the point of not supplying proper bats, clean towels, and rubbing alcohol". After Trautman denied the request, Haneles' sister, Rose, sold the team two days later.

Haneles ran baseball schools for the next thirty years or so. He worked as an instructor and general manager for a baseball school throughout the 1950s that had Virgil Trucks, Bill Virdon, Ken Boyer, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Dick Howser's names attached to it at various times.

In the late 1970s, Haneles ran a baseball school in Florida with Mal Fichman that looked to prepare players overlooked in the amateur draft for a career in minor league baseball. This baseball school was one of the main sources for players that Haneles, as owner, and Fichman, as manager, used to stock the 1979 Newark Co-Pilots and 1980 Rocky Mount Pines. The Pines lost a reported $85,000 and Fichman sued organized baseball in December of 1980 for $5 million, claiming that the amateur draft violated anti-trust laws.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1940 Shelby Colonels Tar Heel League -- none -- replaced by Art Patchin
1946 Walden Hummingbirds North Atlantic League 8th none replaced Frank Novosel
1949 Leesburg Dodgers Florida State League 3-5
-- none -- replaced by Jack Harrison (1-5) on April 22
replaced Julian Acosta (10-32) on June 9, replaced by temporary manager (2-1) on June 12