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Encyclopedia > Vern Rapp

Vernon Fred Rapp (born May 11, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri) is a retired American manager and coach in Major League Baseball. A career minor league catcher and a successful skipper in the minors, Rapp had two brief tours of duty as a big league pilot, with the 1977-78 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1984 Cincinnati Reds. May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... 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. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892-present) Central Division (1994-present) Eastern Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1891) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1982 â€¢1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1931 1926 NL Pennants (16) 2004 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1985 â€¢ 1982 1968 â€¢ 1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1943 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934... Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1990 â€¢ 1976 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1940 1919 NL Pennants (9) 1990 â€¢ 1976 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1972 1970 â€¢ 1961 â€¢ 1940 â€¢ 1939 1919 AA Pennants (1) 1882 Central Division titles...


Rapp signed his first playing contract out of high school in 1946 with his hometown Cardinals. A righthanded batter and thrower, he reached the AAA level with the Columbus Red Birds in 1948, but rose no higher. After missing two seasons due to military service during the Korean War, Rapp was released by the Cardinals in 1955 and signed with the independent Charleston, West Virginia club of the American Association. The experience provided him his first managing job, when, at age 27, he succeeded Danny Murtaugh as field boss of the last-place Senators. A catcher-manager, Rapp's club won only 19 of 59 games that season, and he was strictly a player, or a player-coach, through 1960, eventually joining the farm system of the New York Yankees. During three seasons with the Denver Bears, he became associated with Denver owner Bob Howsam, who would play an influential role later in Rapp's career. The Columbus Red Birds was the name of a top-level minor league baseball team that played in Columbus, Ohio in the American Association from 1931 through 1954. ... The Korean War, from June 25, 1950 to cease-fire on July 27, 1953 (the war has not ended officially), was a conflict between North Korea and South Korea. ... Nickname: Motto: Official website: www. ... The American Association was a minor baseball league at the Class AAA (Triple-A) level of baseball in the United States from 1902 to 1962 and 1969 to 1997. ... Daniel Edward Murtaugh ( October 8, 1917 - December 2, 1976) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball best known for his leadership of the Pittsburgh Pirates from the 1950s to the 1970s. ... The farm system is a slang term used in baseball to refer to the systematic control or ownership of minor league baseball clubs by major league teams, who move players from the lowest to the highest classification as they gain experience and enjoy success at each level. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927 â€¢ 1923 AL Pennants (39) 2003 â€¢ 2001 â€¢ 2000... The Denver Bears were the AAA minor league baseball franchise in the Pacific Coast League in Denver, Colorado from 1948 until the team name was changed to the Denver Zephyrs. ... Robert L. Howsam (born 1918, Denver, Colorado) is a former executive in American professional sport who, in 1959, played a key role in establishing two leagues – the American Football League, which succeeded and merged with the National Football League, and baseballs Continental League, which never played a game but...


In 1961-62, Rapp resumed his managing career in the Yankees' system at the Class C and Class B levels. After spending two years out of baseball, he rejoined the Cardinals in 1965 - now led by GM Howsam - as manager of their Class AA Tulsa Oilers and Arkansas Travelers affiliates. In 1969, Howsam, by now running the Reds, hired Rapp as manager of the AAA Indianapolis Indians, and in seven years Rapp won two American Association pennants there. He returned to Denver and continued his success in 1976 as manager of the Bears (by then a farm team of the Montreal Expos), winning both the regular season Association pennant and playoff championship. Nickname: “Oil Capital of the World” “Americas Most Beautiful City” T-Town Where the South Meets the West Motto: Official website: www. ... The Arkansas Travelers are a minor league baseball team based in Little Rock, Arkansas. ... The Indianapolis Indians are a minor league baseball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... The Montreal Expos were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 to 2004. ...


His success in Denver led to his appointment as Cardinals' manager for 1977. A disciplinarian, Rapp succeeded the popular Red Schoendienst, a longtime favorite as a Redbird player and pilot. While the 1977 Cardinals improved by 11 games and placed third in the National League East, Rapp was not a popular skipper and he lasted only 17 games into the 1978 campaign before his ouster on April 25. Coach Jack Krol succeeded him on an interim basis, but another former Cardinal star, Ken Boyer, was ticketed for the permanent job. Albert Fred Red Schoendienst (born February 2, 1923) is an American former player and manager in Major League Baseball. ... See also: 1976 in sports, other events of 1977, 1978 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 USAC Racing - Tom Sneva wins the season championship Indianapolis 500 - won by A.J. Foyt. ... The National League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 19 - Eddie Mathews is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America on 301 of 379 ballots. ... Kenton Lloyd Boyer (May 20, 1931 - September 7, 1982) was an American All-Star third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ...


Rapp then spent five seasons (1979-83) as a coach for the Expos. He was planning to retire from the game at the close of the '83 season when he received a surprise phone call from Howsam, who had returned from his own retirement to try to arrest the declining fortunes of the Reds. Howsam had just fired Russ Nixon and he turned to Rapp, who had had such success at the top rung of the Reds' farm system. Rapp became the Reds' manager for 1984. But after only 121 games, and only 51 victories, Rapp was on thin ice, and when Cincinnati icon Pete Rose - absent for almost six seasons - was acquired from Montreal on August 15, he was named the Reds' playing manager, and Rapp, fired again, retired for good. His career MLB managerial record was 140 wins in 300 games, for a winning percentage of .467. Russell Eugene Nixon (born February 19, 1935, Cleves, Ohio) is a former catcher, coach and manager in American Major League Baseball. ... Peter Edward Pete Rose Sr. ...

Preceded by:
Red Schoendienst
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
1977-1978
Succeeded by:
Jack Krol
Preceded by:
Russ Nixon
Cincinnati Reds Manager
1984
Succeeded by:
Pete Rose

 
 

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