Vedie Himsl

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Biographical Information[edit]

Vedie Himsl pitched in the minors leagues from 1938-1942 and 1946, all but the first season with the St. Paul Saints.

Himsl managed the 1950-1951 Hamilton Cardinals, then scouted for the Chicago Cubs throughout the 1950s. He managed the 1957 Pulaski Cubs and 1961 Wenatchee Chiefs in addition to being a part of the "College of Coaches" experiment with the Chicago Cubs in that same 1961 season. Himsl was a Cubs coach from 1960 to 1964 and managed the team for 31 games, in three separate stints in 1961. He managed the 1964 Salt Lake City Bees and also piloted the Cubs teams in the 1962, 1964 and 1968 Arizona Instructional League.

Himsl was then the Cubs' Director of Scouting, a job he held from 1965 until he retired in 1985. He continued to help the scouting department through 1999.

At St. John's University of Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1937, he struck out 20 batters pitching against Augsburg College, a St. John's record that still stands.

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1950 Hamilton Cardinals PONY League 68-57 3rd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st Round
1951 Hamilton Cardinals PONY League 66-60 4th St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st Round
1957 Pulaski Cubs Appalachian League -- Chicago Cubs First of four rotating managers
1961 Chicago Cubs National League 10-21 -- Chicago Cubs Part of College of Coaches
Wenatchee Chiefs Northwest League -- Chicago Cubs One of four rotating managers
1964 Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League 58-98 9th Chicago Cubs

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