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Encyclopedia > Joe Altobelli

Joseph Salvatore Altobelli (born May 26, 1932, Detroit, Michigan) is a former player, manager and coach in American Major League Baseball. In 1983 he succeeded Hall of Fame pilot Earl Weaver as field boss of the Baltimore Orioles and led the O's to their sixth American League pennant and third World Series championship. May 26 is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (147th in leap years). ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Michigan Founded  -Incorporated July 24, 1701 1816  County Wayne County Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick... 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. ... In the baseball game, the coach is a member of the team at bat stationed near first or third base to signal and direct the runners and batters. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... See also: 1982 in sports, other events of 1983, 1984 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Bobby Allison Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Al Unser won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Tom Sneva Formula One Championship - Nelson... 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... Earl Sidney Weaver (born August 14, 1930 in St. ... The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In baseball, the World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, played in October after the end of the regular season between the pennant winner of the American League and the pennant winner of the National League. ...

Altobelli the player was a slugging first baseman and outfielder who enjoyed his greatest success at the AAA level. He batted only .210 in 166 games for the Cleveland Indians (1955, 1957) and Minnesota Twins (1961) wih five home runs and only 28 runs batted in. However, he was frequently in the double-digits in homers as a AAA player, and, as a member of the Montreal Royals, he led the 1960 International League in homers (31) and RBI (105). He batted and threw lefthanded. The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Minnesota Twins are a Major League Baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... 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, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... 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 Montreal Royals were a AAA farm club for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the years 1939-1960. ... The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ...

In 1966, Altobelli began an 11-year apprenticeship as a skipper in the Baltimore farm system, culminating in six seasons (1971-76) as manager of the Rochester Red Wings of the IL. During that time, the Red Wings finished first four times. In 1977, Altobelli got his first big league managing job, as leader of the San Francisco Giants. Although his 1978 club finished 16 games above .500 and in third place in the National League West, Altobelli was dismissed in 1979, his third season, with a mark of only 225-239 (.485) as Giants' manager. The farm system is a slang term in American Major League Baseball. ... Minnesota Twins American League AAA Rochester Red Wings AA New Britain Rock Cats A Fort Myers Miracle Beloit Snappers R Elizabethton Twins Gulf Coast League Twins The Rochester Red Wings are a minor league baseball team based in Rochester, New York. ... The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ...

He then joined the New York Yankees as pilot of their AAA farm club, the Columbus Clippers. After another first place IL finish in 1980, Altobelli became a Yankees coach in 1981-82, working under Gene Michael, Bob Lemon and Clyde King. Before the 1983 season, he was named the surprise successor to Weaver, finishing a legendary, 14 1/2 season career as Baltimore's manager. But Altobelli rose to the occasion, leading the O's to 98 wins, the AL East championship, then a three games to one triumph over the Chicago White Sox in the ALCS. The Orioles then outclassed the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1983 World Series, winning in five games. The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... Categories: Baseball stubs | Minor league baseball teams | Columbus, Ohio sports ... Eugene Richard Michael (born June 2, 1938 in Kent, Ohio) is a former player, manager and executive in Major League Baseball. ... Robert Granville Lemon (September 22, 1920 - January 11, 2000) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Clyde Edward King (born May 23, 1925 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a special baseball advisor to George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees of American Major League Baseball and has spent over 60 years in the game as a pitcher, coach, manager and general manager. ... The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... ALCS can be: A transaction processing monitor for the IBM System/370 and System/390 mainframes. ... * Division notes: In 1981, the Phillies finished with the best record in the Eastern Division prior to stoppage of play in the middle of the season due to the players strike, which forced the season to be split into two halves. ... The 1983 World Series matched the American League champion Baltimore Orioles against the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies, with the Orioles winning four games to one. ...

But the Orioles fell to fifth in the AL East in 1984, despite playing eight games over .500, and in May 1985, when they continued to tread water at 29-26, he was let go. Weaver came out of retirement, but of 105 games under his command, Baltimore won only 53. See also: 1983 in sports, other events of 1984, 1985 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 Richard Petty won the 200th (and final) race of his career on July 4. ...

Altobelli then returned to coaching. He served under Don Zimmer with the Chicago Cubs from 1988-91, and filled in as interim manager when Zimmer was fired in 1991 and replaced by Jim Essian. He then returned to Rochester, where he serves as color commentator on Red Wings broadcasts. His career major league managing record: 437-407 (.518). Donald William Zimmer (born January 17, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former infielder, manager and coach in Major League Baseball. ... The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... A color (or colour) commentator is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ...

  Results from FactBites:
Joe Altobelli is Rochester's Mr. Baseball - Feature - MLN Sports Zone - A Minor League News Magazine (1423 words)
Joe is synonymous with Red Wings baseball because of how much he has given back to the fans of this community,” says Red Wings general manager Dan Mason, who Altobelli hand-picked as his successor as GM a decade ago.
Joe was entering the twilight years of a playing career, though, and the joy of a new place was tempered by something gnawing at him.
Altobelli was handed a one-year contract and the challenging task of replacing the legendary Weaver, who had led the Orioles to 14 winning seasons, three American League titles and one World Series championship.
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