Otto Denning

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Otto George Denning

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Biographical Information[edit]

Otto "Dutch" Denning attended high school in Chicago, IL before beginning his pro baseball career in 1933. While playing for the Minneapolis Millers in 1938, he finished second to teammate Ted Williams in the American Association batting race. After nine seasons in the minors, he was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 1941 Rule V Draft. While many players were away serving in World War II, he made his big league debut on skipper Lou Boudreau's club in 1942 and played a season and a half in the majors. After that, he returned to the minors, where he later managed.

While in the minors with the Milwaukee Brewers, Denning became friends with Bill Veeck. After Veeck got out of baseball in the 1980s, he and Denning would often attend Chicago Cubs games, sitting together in the Wrigley Field bleachers.

Denning died at age 79 after suffering a heart attack. He was the uncle of big leaguer Chris Bourjos, great-uncle of Peter Bourjos and father of Pat Denning.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1948 Pensacola Fliers Southeastern League 18-19 -- none -- replaced by Wally Dashiell (33-33) on May 21
Oil City Refiners Middle Atlantic League 35-47 6th Chicago White Sox replaced Ray Dahlstrom (15-29) on June 22
1949 Oil City Refiners Middle Atlantic League 67-69 4th Chicago White Sox
1950 Waterloo White Hawks Three-I League 70-56 3rd Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
1951 Waterloo White Hawks Three-I League 29-33 -- Chicago White Sox -- replaced by Edward Taylor (1-4) on July 2
Colorado Springs Sky Sox Western League 33-42 7th Chicago White Sox replaced Johnny Mostil (2-2) on July 4

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