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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Joe Altobelli dies: Rochester’s ‘Mr. Baseball’ led Orioles to last title

“I don’t think there’s another man that can say he’s been a player, coach, manager, GM and radio analyst in the long, proud history of (the International League),” Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason said in 2008, when Altobelli was inducted into the league Hall of Fame. “He was a hero in other towns ... but I love that he chose to live here and raise his family. And because of that, he’s our Mr. Baseball.”...

Altobelli led the Giants for three years then served as a coach for the New York Yankees for another three years before being tabbed as manager for the Baltimore Orioles in 1983, replacing the legendary Earl Weaver. He was chosen over Cal Ripken Sr., Weaver’s hand-picked choice and father of the team’s star shortstop.

If there was any doubt over the wisdom of the move, Altobelli quickly erased it. The Orioles won the World Series that year, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies.

“Winning a World Series is the pinnacle you reach as a manager,” Altobelli recalled in 2003. “It’s a rocking chair memory.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2021 at 10:13 AM | 14 comment(s)
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