Mel McGaha

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1962 Topps #242 Mel McGaha

Fred Melvin McGaha

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Biographical Information[edit]

Before becoming a baseball manager, Mel McGaha played basketball in the BAA, a predecessor of the NBA, for the New York Knicks (1951). He attended the University of Arkansas on a basketball scholarship before being drafted by the Knicks in 1950.

In 1954, 27-year-old Mel McGaha became manager of the Shreveport Sports in the Texas League. He would manage there 4 years, leading the team to the best record in the league in 1954, and winning the league title in 1955. In 1958, he moved to the Cleveland Indians organization with the Mobile Bears. The next year, the team won the Southern Association title. In 1960, McGaha moved up to the Toronto Maple Leafs, winning the International League title. 1961 found McGaha on the Indians coaching staff, and in 1962 he led the Indians to a 78-82 record. In 1963, McGaha became a coach for the Kansas City Athletics, and he took over the team from Ed Lopat in mid-1964, finishing 40-70. After a 5-21 start in 1965, he was replaced by Haywood Sullivan.

In 1966 McGaha returned to the minors, guiding the Oklahoma City 89ers for two years, before moving to the parent Houston Astros coaching staff from 1968 to 1970. McGaha's major league teams went 123-173, while his minor league record shows 711-673.

Preceded by
Jimmie Dykes
Cleveland Indians Manager
Succeeded by
Birdie Tebbetts
Preceded by
Ed Lopat
Kansas City A's Manager
Succeeded by
Haywood Sullivan

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1954 Shreveport Sports Texas League 90-71 1st none Lost in 1st round
1955 Shreveport Sports Texas League 85-71 3rd none League Champs interim by James Ackeret (2-3) from May 9 to May 14
1956 Shreveport Sports Texas League 69-85 7th none
1957 Shreveport Sports Texas League 59-95 8th none
1958 Mobile Bears Southern Association 84-68 2nd Cleveland Indians Lost League Finals
1959 Mobile Bears Southern Association 89-63 2nd Cleveland Indians League Champs
1960 Toronto Maple Leafs International League 100-54 1st Cleveland Indians League Champs
1962 Cleveland Indians American League 78-82 -- Cleveland Indians replaced by Mel Harder on September 30
1964 Kansas City A's American League 40-70 10th Kansas City A's replaced Ed Lopat (17-35) on June 12
1965 Kansas City A's American League 5-21 -- Kansas City A's replaced by Haywood Sullivan on May 16
1966 Oklahoma City 89ers Pacific Coast League 59-89 12th Houston Astros
1967 Oklahoma City 89ers Pacific Coast League 74-74 7th Houston Astros

He also managed the 1966 and 1969 Florida Instructional League teams for the Houston Astros.

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