Mike Gonzalez (gonzami01)

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Miguel Angel Gonzalez Cordero

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Cover of a Cuban magazine, likely from 1947, showing Habana manager Miguel Angel Gonzalez at left

Cuban-born Mike Gonzalez had a seventeen-year career as a catcher, all in the National League. He played seventeen years in spite of being out of the majors in the middle of his career, playing for the St. Paul Saints in 1922 and 1923. He also played for the Cuban Stars, a mixed-race team that featured Cuban players who could play in the major leagues, and others who were restricted to the Negro Leagues by the color line.

Gonzalez,Mike A.-1912 Boston Braves.jpg

After his playing career ended, Gonzalez spent 1933 as a player/coach for the Columbus Red Birds. He was later a longtime St. Louis Cardinals coach and served two brief stints as the club's manager, becoming the first Cuban to manage in the majors.

The book Sport in Cuba indicates that Gonzalez bought the Havana Reds in 1946, a team he had previously managed. He owned the team until it was forcibly dissolved after the Cuban Revolution in 1961.

Gonzalez is often cited as the originator of the phrase "good field, no hit".

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Frankie Frisch
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
Succeeded by
Ray Blades
Preceded by
Ray Blades
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
Succeeded by
Billy Southworth

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1938 St. Louis Cardinals National League 8-8 6th St. Louis Cardinals replaced Frankie Frisch (63-72) on September 14
1940 St. Louis Cardinals National League 1-5 -- St. Louis Cardinals replaced Ray Blades (14-24) on June 7 /
replaced by Billy Southworth on June 14

Further Reading[edit]

  • Joseph Gerard: "Mike Gonzalez", in Charles F. Faber, ed.: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals: The World Champion Gas House Gang, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 256-264. ISBN 978-1-933599-731
  • Joseph Gerard: "Mike González", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Winning on the North Side: the 1929 Chicago Cubs, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 60-68. ISBN 978-1-933599-89-2
  • Lou Hernández: "Mike González : The First Hispanic Cub", in Stuart Shea, ed.: North Side, South Side, All Around Town, The National Pastime, SABR, 2015. ISBN 978-1-93359987-8

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