The View from the Dugout
The Journals of Red Rolfe
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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Following a squandered victory at St. Louis on April 28, 1949, rookie Tiger manager Red Rolfe recorded: "Poor pitching cost us a game in which we were leading 5 to 1. Once again we failed to do things as they should be done in the big leagues." The always candid and generally ...
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Spring training for pitchers and catchers began at ten o'clock A.M. on March 1 at the Tiger complex in Lakeland, Florida. Red Rolfe's first speech was what one would expect from a taciturn person-brief. He told his players to be on the field in uniform at ten o'clock A.M. each day and in the hotel by midnight. And he emphasized the importance of avoiding sore arms and told them not to lie in the sun lest it interfere with ...
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The Tigers had made impressive strides under freshman manager Red Rolfe in 1949, bettering their team performance by nine full games and playing at a highly respectable .565 winning percentage. For the first time since its pennant-winning season in 1945, Detroit had remained in the pennant race most of the season. Although aging, the starting rotation ranked among the best in the AL. Virgil Trucks had just enjoyed his finest season, winning nineteen and capturing the league leadership in strikeouts. The perennial ace Hal ...
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Record attendance, multiple players enjoying career years, and a pennant- contending team assured that the cost of doing business would escalate and probably cause some player negotiating challenges. Red Rolfe had had a career managerial season too, earning him Manager of the Year honors in the AL. He inked his new one-year contract first, earning a salary estimated at forty thousand dollars and making his ...
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In what was otherwise a dismal 1951 season, manager Rolfe had felt a bit of satisfaction as his disappointing Tigers achieved some degree of revenge by sweeping the Indians in a crucial three-game series late in September. "We helped the Yankees, sure," recognized Rolfe. "But mainly we got a measure of revenge. When Cleveland ...
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Red Rolfe enjoyed a short three and a half seasons' run as a big league manager. In two and a half years he went from leading his team in a hot pennant race to a runner-up finish, in 1950, and being honored by the Sporting News as American League manager of the year to being an unemployed resident of New Hampshire. When he left ...
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As I am unaware of any other major league manager who kept a journal throughout his tenure, it is a supreme gift to be given the opportunity to publish such a special historical document. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Don Randall, nephew of the main character in this story, for his trust and the privilege he has given me. The opportunity to read Red Rolfe's private recordings and feel his moments of pleasure and frustration was an uncommon reward for a...
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Page Count: 360
Illustrations: 36 tables, 16 pages (24 B&W) ganged photos
Publication Year: 2006