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Encyclopedia > Birdie Tebbetts

George Robert "Birdie" Tebbetts (November 10, 1912 - March 24, 1999) was born in Burlington, Vermont, and was raised in Nashua, New Hampshire. Tebbetts acquired his nickname as a boy when an aunt said of his high-pitched voice, "He chirps like a bird". November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 51 days remaining. ... 1912 is a leap year starting on Monday. ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (84th in Leap years). ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Burlington, Vermont Burlington is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont of which it is the county seat. ... Nashua is a city located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. ...

In 1924 he graduated from Providence College with a degree in philosophy; an unusual beginning for one of the most abrasive managers in baseball history, whose major league career encompassed 53 years as a catcher (14), manager (11) and scout (28). 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Providence College is a Catholic college in Providence, Rhode Island, the states capital city. ... The term philosophy derives from a combination of the Greek words philos meaning love and sophia meaning wisdom. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is a position played in baseball. ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... Professional sports scouts are trained talent evaluators who travel extensively for the purposes of watching athletes play their chosen sports and determining whether their set of skills and talents represent what is needed by the scouts organization. ...

Tebbetts played with the Detroit Tigers between 1936 and 1947 -with the exception of three years that he served in World War II (1943-45)-, and also played for the Boston Red Sox (1947-50) and Cleveland Indians (1951-52). He batted and threw right-handed, was a career .270 hitter with 38 home runs and 469 RBI in 1162 games, and made four All-Star teams. Detroit Tigers American League AAA Toledo Mud Hens AA Erie SeaWolves A Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers R GCL Tigers The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km (over 11 miles) into the air. ... Boston Red Sox American League AAA Pawtucket Red Sox AA Portland Sea Dogs A Wilmington Blue Rocks Greenville Bombers Lowell Spinners R Gulf Coast Red Sox The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... For other uses of the phrase see Home run (disambiguation) In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run for each runner who was already on... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ...

After his playing career, Tebbetts was a moderately successful manager who compiled a 748-705 record with the Cincinnati Redlegs (1954-58), Milwaukee Braves (1961-62) and Cleveland Indians (1963-66). In April 1964 he suffered a heart attack. Three months later, he returned to limited duties and resigned in August 1966. Tebbetts enjoyed his best season for the 1956 Cincinnati Redlegs with a 91-63 mark and a third place, being rewarded by The Associated Press as the NL Manager of the Year. From 1968 to 1994, he scouted for the Mets, Yankees, Orioles and Marlins. Cincinnati Reds National League AAA Louisville Bats AA Chattanooga Lookouts A Sarasota Reds Dayton Dragons R Billings Mustangs GCL Reds The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Atlanta Braves National League AAA Richmond Braves AA Mississippi Braves A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Rome Braves R Danville Braves Orlando Braves The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ... See also: 1965 in sports, 1967 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - David Pearson Indianapolis 500 - Graham Hill USAC Racing - Mario Andretti won the season championship Formula One Championship - Australia 24 hours of Le... See also: 1955 in sports, 1957 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Buck Baker The United States Auto Club (USAC) was founded to take over race sanctioning from the American Automobile Association (AAA). ... Associated Press logo This article concerns the news service. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... New York Mets National League AAA Norfolk Tides AA Binghamton Mets A St. ... New York Yankees American League AAA Columbus Clippers AA Trenton Thunder A Charleston RiverDogs Tampa Yankees Staten Island Yankees R Gulf Coast Yankees The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... Baltimore Orioles American League AAA Ottawa Lynx AA Bowie Baysox A Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds R Bluefield Orioles Sarasota Orioles The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Florida Marlins National League AAA Albuquerque Isotopes AA Carolina Mudcats A Jupiter Hammerheads Greensboro Grasshoppers Jamestown Jammers R Gulf Coast Marlins The Florida Marlins are a Major League Baseball team based in Miami, Florida, USA. They are in the Eastern Division of the National League. ...

Tebbetts also earned a reputation for speaking his mind and for his frank assessments. About his career, he regarded himself as an ordinary player and manager who worked hard. Between other things, he said:

  • My whole world is wrapped up in baseball, and that means I must live the loneliest of lives. I can't discuss my problems with my friends or the newspapermen or the players or the coaches or my wife.
  • I was sold for a dollar by one drunk owner to another.
  • There ought to be a second-string or "Junior Hall of Fame" for guys like me. I had a lifetime average of .270 and I'm proud of it. I poured my life's blood into it. I clawed and scrambled and fought and hustled to get it.

In 1950 Tebbetts referred to some of his Red Sox teammates as "moronic malcontents" and "juvenile delinquents". In consequence, he was traded to Cleveland at the end of the season. He also dismissed former Detroit teammate Hal Newhouser as a World War II phenomenon who "got into the Hall of Fame by begging to get in." Harold Newhouser (May 20, 1921 - November 10, 1998) was a professional Major League Baseball pitcher of the 1940s and 1950s. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related...

About the theory that catching was difficult, he expressed:

  • I don't think the physical part of catching is what it's cracked up to be. I think it's an easy job. The only thing about it is you sweat more than anybody else. Most catchers catch because they can't play anyplace else. They don't have much to complain about. They've got to be happy. There are too many catchers who are not good catchers who are showboating too much so that they can keep their job.

When Tibbetts scouted for Cincinnati, in 1953, he filed such no-nonsense reports as this on a promising young pitcher: This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

  • "Major league stuff and a great arm. Screwy in the head. Eliminate head and I recommend him. Get good surgeon."

But perhaps most revealing of Tebbetts's character is his recollection of an umpire who suffered dizzy spells following his return from the war. Afraid of losing his job, the umpire asked Tebbetts, then the Tigers catcher, to help calling balls and strikes, and Tebbetts tipped him off with hand signals following each pitch.

Finally, Tibbetts also offered his version of what makes a baseball manager successful:

  • If my players like me it's an accident of personality. I happen to like my players and I treat them like men. If a manager doesn't have confidence in his ball players, even when they're going badly, they're not going to have confidence in themselves. And when a ballplayer's confidence is gone, you haven't got a ballplayer. If you want to be a good manager, get good ballplayers.

Birdie Tebbetts died in Bradenton, Florida, at age of 86. Bradenton is a city located in Manatee County, Florida. ...


  • Birdie: Confessions of a Baseball Nomad, by Birdie Tebbetts and James Morrison. Triumph Books, 2002.

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Birdie Tebbetts - SoSH | Boston Red Sox | Red Sox Rumors | Spring Training | Pawtucket Red Sox (175 words)
George Robert Tebbetts - was born on November 10, 1912 in Burlington, VT and was raised in Nashua, NH.
Birdie spent 14 years in the major leagues as a catcher, 11 years as a manager, and 28 years as a scout.
Birdie was well known for filing no-nonense scouting reports such as this one on a promising pitcher: "Major league stuff and a great arm.
Baseball Catcher Birdie Tebbetts (410 words)
Tebbetts played for Detroit, the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland during a 14-year major league career (1936-52) -- his finest seasons were with the Tigers in 1940 (.296 average) and Boston in 1950 (.310).
In 1963, Tebbetts succeeded Mel McGaha as skipper of the Cleveland Indians.
Tebbetts later became a scout for the New York Yankees, and currently is a master scout for both the Baltimore Orioles and Florida Marlins.
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