BOB KENNEDY & Wife 1962 Vintage News Wire Photo

DATE SHOT: 11-15-1962

SUBJECT: Bob Kennedy

APPROXIMATE SIZE: 8"x10"

MARKS / STAMPING: Associated Press Wirephoto stamp. Caption is embedded in the obverse image as is typical with wire photos.

ORIGINAL or REPRINT: Type 3 - Second or later-generation photo, printed from a duplicate negative or wire photo process, within about 2 years of when it was shot

COMMENTS / CONDITION: POSSIBLE NEW CUBS HEAD COACH---CHICAGO: Bob Kennedy, former major league third baseman, poses with his wife, Claire, in Chicago yesterday after being named to the Chicago Cubs coaching staff. The Cubs said he is regarded as a potential head coach for the team, which has a head coach, rather than a manager. Last week the Cubs dismissed Charlie Metro who had served most of the 1962 season as head coach. Kennedy, who spent most of his major league career with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians, was manager of the Salt Lake Bees of the Pacific Coast League last season.

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BIO: Robert Daniel Kennedy was born in Chicago, IL and died in 2005 in Mesa, AZ. He played major league baseball from 1939 to 1957 as outfielder for the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and the Brooklyn Dodgers, and appeared in the 1948 World Series. Following his retirement as a player, Kennedy was named to the Cubs' College of Coaches and designated as "head coach" for an indefinite period. The Cubs had experimented with having a committee of coaches run the team on the field since 1961. After the Cubs posted their first winning record in 17 years, Kennedy began to assert a more traditional managerial authority over the team. He served as head coach until June 1965, posting a 162-198 record. He served as special assistant to general manager John Holland until 1968. In 1968, when the Athletics moved from Kansas City to Oakland, Kennedy was their first manager. Oakland finished sixth in a 10-team league with an 82-80 record, a notable improvement from the 62-99 last-place 1967 Athletics. It was also the franchise's first winning season since 1952, when the team was still in Philadelphia. According to the 1972 book Mustache Gang, authored by Ron Bergman, on the last day of the season Kennedy walked into Charlie Finley's office, expecting an extension. Five minutes later, Kennedy had been fired. After that, he spent four seasons, beginning in 1977, as the Cubs general manager.

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