August 14, 2005 |
Gene Mauch may have been born in Kansas and lived in Southern California during his golden years, but he was the ultimate Philadelphian. Philadelphia sports fans are known for their passion and unyielding zest to drive a team to a championship. Mauch was the patron saint of both qualities. A lot of managers and coaches have expertly directed Philly's four major sports teams over the years. I challenge you to find one who had more passion than Mauch. Dick Vermeil?
August 15, 2005 |
THEY CALLED him "The Little General" or "Skip" and he managed the Phillies for eight seasons, longer than anyone else in the team's modern history. But for any fan over 50 he is remembered for one thing: the collapse of the 1964 team. With a six-game lead and only 12 games remaining, the Phillies lost 10 in a row and saw the pennant go to the St. Louis Cardinals on the last day of the season. Gene Mauch never got over that loss and the tough Phillies fans never forgave him. He deserves better than that.
September 23, 2014 |
After he was done managing, after baseball was through torturing him, Gene Mauch lived in a California desert community. Separated from the game that was his life, he golfed daily, played cards, devoured box scores, and watched baseball on TV. By filling his days so pleasantly, he could sometimes forget how unpleasantly they began and ended. His first waking thought, the longtime Phillies manager once said, was always about the epic collapse of his 1986 California Angels. Then, before he could sleep at night, the equally harsh fate of his 1964 Phillies confronted him. "If it's true that you learn from adversity," he once told a sportswriter, "I must be the toughest SOB in the world.
June 15, 2011 |
Gather round, all you young Phillies fans, and I'll tell you a spooky story about your favorite franchise. Once upon a time, 50 years ago this summer to be exact, back when only the players wore uniforms, the Phillies were a very scary team. For years, they'd dwelled like trolls in the National League's basement, rarely venturing out. They were so frightening that all but their bravest fans abandoned them. A year earlier, in 1960, their manager left, too - quitting just one game into that season.
August 9, 2005 |
Gene Mauch, the steely-eyed little manager who guided three teams, including the infamous 1964 Phillies, to the brink of a World Series only to see them stranded there by the cruelest of baseball fates, died yesterday at 79. Mr. Mauch succumbed at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Nicknamed "The Little General," both for his gifts as a game strategist and his dictatorial style, Mr. Mauch was the winningest and losingest manager in Phillies history, compiling a record of 645-684 from 1960 to 1968.
September 28, 2011
Charlie Manuel (2005-11) 645 Gene Mauch (1960-68) 645 Harry Wright (1884-93) 636 Danny Ozark (1973-79) 594 Jim Fregosi (1991-96) 431 SOURCE: Phillies
March 9, 2010
Here are the results of the poll on Philly.com asking who is the best manager in Phillies history: 1. Charlie Manuel. . . 78.7 percent 2. Gene Mauch. . . 8.7 percent 3. Dallas Green. . . 8.5 percent 4. Danny Ozark. . . 2.3 percent 5. Eddie Sawyer. . . 1.3 percent 6. Jim Fregosi. . . 0.6 percent
October 16, 1986 |
In 1982, when Milwaukee rallied to win three in a row and bury the Angels in the American League Championship Series, Gene Mauch walked away. He walked away because his wife, Nina Lee, was very sick; because he was weary of the second-guessers; because California management was part of the badgering chorus. And now, now that the Angels have been knocked out of the playoffs after owning a 3-1 lead, will he walk away? "Why, do you think that's a good idea?" Mauch said, coming close to his only grin in the grim postgame scene.
August 5, 2011
RUBEN AMARO SR. was the shortstop on that 1961 Phillies team that lost 23 games in a row. Finished with the worst record in baseball, 47-107. Were dead last in attendance, luring 590,039 masochists into Connie Mack Stadium, a decrepit ballyard in North Philly. Ruben Amaro Jr. is the general manager of this 2011 Phillies team that owns the best record in baseball. Has sold out its glitzy ballpark 182 times in a row, with no end in sight. Same town, same team, same family.
August 5, 2011
I WILL never forget the day the 1961 Phillies snapped their 23-game losing streak. It started with manager Gene Mauch screaming obscenities at the Daily News beat writer and Robin Roberts. I wanted to do a column on Warren Spahn, but Spahn was wary of out-of-town writers. So I sat down next to Roberts in the clubhouse, softly asking questions about the Milwaukee lefthander. Mauch, 20 feet away, turned beet-red and launched an X-rated tirade, accusing us of second-guessing his handling of the pitching staff, questioning our parentage, our courage, our reason for living.