Saturday, May 30, 2009

1964 Topps #347 Bobby Wine

Bobby Wine spent over two decades in the Phillies' organization - first as a player from 1960 until 1968 and then as a coach from 1972 until 1983. The 1963 Gold Glove winner at shortstop, Bobby was definitely known more for his fielding than for his hitting. In 1,164 games with the Phils, Wino hit .215 with 30 home runs. He spent most of the '60s competing with Ruben Amaro, Sr. for the Phils' starting shortstop job.

For every single game Bobby Wine played in the Majors, Gene Mauch was his manager. Mauch and Wino were both part of the expansion Montreal Expos' inaugural season in 1969. After 4 seasons with the Expos, Bobby returned to the Phils as a coach. Throughout the '70s and early '80s, he would manage the team whenever Danny Ozark, Dallas Green or Pat Corrales was ejected from the game - which I seem to recall happened quite frequently.

Bobby coached with the Braves from 1985 until 1990, serving as the team's interim manager for the latter part of the '85 season. He also coached with the Mets from 1993 until 1996 with his old friend Dallas Green who was then serving (doing time?) as the Mets' manager. After that, Bobby returned to the Braves where he's been, and still is, one of their advanced scouts, reporting directly to Braves' manager Bobby Cox.

7 comments:

jim said...

Bobby was the coach when a certain youngster took batting practice with the Phils...that same kid played catch with Bob Dernier in the outfield

Jim said...

I always forget - was he the one pitching? This is definitely a good story for a few posts at a future date . . .

jim said...

Look at the picture

Jim from Downingtown said...

"For every single game Bobby Wine played in the Majors, Gene Mauch was his manager." A fact made possible because Wine was injured in early 1968 (well before Mauch was fired and replaced by Bob Skinner) and was out for the rest of the season.

Jim said...

Jim from Downington - I wasn't aware of the Bobby Wine/Gene Mauch connection until I started reading about Wino's career. I wonder if Mauch tried to lure Bobby to the Angels (as a coach) when Mauch took over the Angels' helm in the early '80s?

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