Tom Gamboa

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Thomas Harold Gamboa

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Former Kansas City Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa is best known for having been attacked on the field by two fans during a 2002 game against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. Gamboa received permanent hearing loss from the attack.

Gamboa was a manager in the Milwaukee Brewers chain, managing the Paintsville Brewers in 1983, the Beloit Brewers in 1984, and the Stockton Ports in 1985. Moving to the Detroit Tigers he managed the Bristol Tigers in 1986. He was then the Field Coordinator for the Tigers, returning to the field to replace fired managers in 1987 and 1990. He reached the majors as the Chicago Cubs third base coach in 1998 and 1999 and served on the Royals coaching staff from 2001 to 2003.

In 2005, Gamboa managed the Arkansas Travelers in the Los Angeles Angels chain. In 2008-2009 Gamboa was the San Diego Padres' Minor League field coordinator. He returned to the Angels as manager of the Inland Empire 66ers in 2011. He was bench coach of the Israeli national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers.

Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1979 Butte Copper Kings Pioneer League 3rd Milwaukee Brewers replaced Kenneth Richardson
1983 Paintsville Brewers Appalachian League 47-25 1st Milwaukee Brewers League Champs
1984 Beloit Brewers Midwest League 86-53 2nd Milwaukee Brewers Lost in 1st round
1985 Stockton Ports California League 82-63 3rd Milwaukee Brewers Lost League Finals
1986 Bristol Tigers Appalachian League 35-34 6th Detroit Tigers
1987 Glens Falls Tigers Eastern League 8th Detroit Tigers replaced Tom Burgess on August 10
replaced by Paul Felix on August 16
replaced Paul Felix on August 24
1990 Toledo Mud Hens International League 48-72 8th Detroit Tigers replaced John Wockenfuss (10-14) on April 29
2000 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 86-58 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers Lost in 1st round
2005 Arkansas Travelers Texas League 71-69 4th Los Angeles Angels League Champs
2011 Inland Empire 66ers California League 69-71 5th (t) Los Angeles Angels Lost in 1st round
2014 Brooklyn Cyclones New York-Penn League 42-34 5th New York Mets
2015 Brooklyn Cyclones New York-Penn League 33-43 12th New York Mets
2016 Brooklyn Cyclones New York-Penn League 37-39 10th New York Mets

Further Reading[edit]

  • Tom Gamboa and David Russell: Tom Gamboa: My Life in Baseball, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2018. ISBN 978-1-4766-6741-6

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