Solly Hemus

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Solomon Joseph Hemus

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Biographical Information[edit]

Despite not becoming a regular player until age 28, infielder Solly Hemus logged eleven seasons in the majors, hitting a career .273, with moderate power, a good eye at the plate and ability to get on base. He led the league once in runs scored and three times in hit-by-pitch. He finished his major league career with a stunning 39 percent on-base-percentage.

He was player-manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1959 - the last player-manager in team history - and led the club for a season and a half after that year. He was a New York Mets coach in 1962 and 1963 and a member of the Cleveland Indians staff in 1964 and 1965.

When he died in 2017 at the age of 94, he was the last man alive to have managed in the 1950s.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Runs Scored Leader (1952)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1952 & 1953)

Preceded by
Stan Hack
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
Succeeded by
Johnny Keane

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1959 St. Louis Cardinals National League 71-83 7th St. Louis Cardinals
1960 St. Louis Cardinals National League 86-68 3rd St. Louis Cardinals
1961 St. Louis Cardinals National League 33-41 5th St. Louis Cardinals replaced by Johnny Keane on July 6
1966 Jacksonville Suns International League 78-79 7th New York Mets

Also managed New York in 1962 Florida Instructional League

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