Dal Maxvill

Charles Dallan Maxvill (born February 18, 1939) is a former shortstop, coach and general manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). During his career, Maxvill played, coached, or was an executive for four World Series winners and seven league champions.

Dal Maxvill
Dal Maxvill - St. Louis Cardinals - 1965
Maxvill in 1965
Born: February 18, 1939 (age 80)
Granite City, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 10, 1962, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1975, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.217
Home runs6
Runs batted in252
Career highlights and awards

Early life

A native of the St. Louis suburb of Granite City, Illinois, Maxvill played baseball in high school, then attended Washington University where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. He signed his first professional baseball contract in 1960 with the hometown St. Louis Cardinals.[1]

Playing career

Maxvill appeared in 1,423 regular-season games for the Cardinals (1962–72), Oakland Athletics (1972–73; 1974–75) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1973–74). He batted and threw right-handed. A smooth fielder but notoriously weak hitter, Maxvill set a number of dubious hitting records in his career. He batted .217 with just six home runs in 3,989 plate appearances over his 14-year major league career.[2] Due to the position he played – and the effectiveness with which he fielded – he was also the beneficiary of the convention that shortstops generally do not need to hit as well as other positions for their skills to be considered assets as Major League players.

Maxvill's best season with the bat was 1968 with the Cardinals. He set career highs in batting average (.253), on-base percentage (.329), and slugging percentage (.298). He also received his only Most Valuable Player award votes (finishing in twentieth place) and won his only Gold Glove.[2] Ironically, as the rest of baseball's pitching became more dominant and hitting trended downward that year, Maxvill's hitting trended upward. In the "Year of the Pitcher," he benefited in part from not having to bat against teammate Bob Gibson, who set the modern-day record for earned run average (ERA) at 1.12, or the rest of the Cardinal's pitching staff, which led the Major Leagues in ERA at 2.49.[3][4]

Although comfortably above the hitting prowess of the legendary Casey Wise, Maxvill holds the National League record for fewest hits for a batter playing in at least 150 games. He had 80 hits in 1970 in 399 at-bats in 152 games, just barely over the Mendoza line at .201. (The Sporting News Baseball Record, 2007, p. 19)

Cardinals fans of that era often said that when pitching Gibson took his turn, Gibson should bat ahead of Maxvill in the lineup, since he was the better hitter. Gibson's career average was 11 points lower than Maxvill's, but he was much more productive at the plate. Gibson had 24 career home runs in 2,000 fewer at bats. He also had 144 runs batted in (RBIs) compared with Maxvill's 252, meaning that Gibson had an RBI about every tenth at bat, whereas Maxvill had one about every 14th turn.

Despite Maxvill's relatively poor hitting, he frequented the postseason. Maxill appeared in five total World Series - three (1964, 1967 and 1968) with the Cardinals and two (1972 and 1974) with the Athletics. In the 1964 Series, which the Cardinals took from the New York Yankees in seven games, Maxvill caught Bobby Richardson's pop-up for the final out in the seventh game. In the 1968 Series, which the Cardinals lost to the Detroit Tigers in seven games, Maxvill went a record 0-for-22 at the plate. His overall World Series batting record was 7-for-61, a .115 percentage. Both of those figures are record Series lows for a position player. However, Maxvill was impeccable defensively in the postseason, handling 88 chances in four World Series and 14 chances in two league championship series without a miscue.

Coaching and executive career

After his playing career ended, Maxvill served as a coach with the A's, Cardinals, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves (where he served on Joe Torre's staff). After the 1984 season, he became general manager of the Cardinals, spending a decade as the Cardinals' top baseball executive, and the team won two more National League pennants in 1985 and 1987.

The 1987 season was the last time one of Maxvill's teams made the playoffs. The Cardinals finished above .500 in 1989, 1991, 1992, and 1993, but their highest ranking was second place.[5] Longtime owner and president August "Gussie" Busch died in September 1989 and Anheuser-Busch took over operations of the team.[6]

Changes within the top levels in the organization continued to the point that most remnants of the Busch era turned over. The next season, longtime manager Whitey Herzog resigned and Torre was hired in his place.[7][8] However, the brewery did not appear as invested as Busch in making the Cardinals a winning team and began looking to sell the team. As a result, after new president Mark Lamping was hired in 1994, he sought to make changes to attempt to build a winner.[9] Three weeks after Lamping's hire, he fired Maxvill.[10] The next year, Anheuser-Busch sold the team to an investment group led by Fred Hanser, Drew Baur and William DeWitt, Jr.[11] At this point, Maxvill pursued no further baseball opportunities, citing the desire to spend more time with his family.[1]


  1. ^ a b Leichenger, Alex (November 7, 2013). "For former Cardinal Dal Maxvill, decades in baseball started at Wash. U." Washington University Student Life. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Dal Maxvill statistics and history". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "1968: The Year of the Pitcher". Sports Illustrated.com. August 4, 1998.
  4. ^ "1968 National League season summary". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals team history & encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  6. ^ Cart, Julie (September 30, 1989). "Patriarch of Cardinals is dead at 90: August A. Busch, jr., beer baron, bought baseball team in '53". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Holbreich, Curt (July 7, 1990). "A dismayed Herzog quits as manager of the Cardinals". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ "Joe Torre returning 'home' to Cardinals". Los Angeles Times. August 1, 1990.
  9. ^ "Transactions". Baltimore Sun. August 20, 1990.
  10. ^ "Cardinals fire GM Maxvill". Chicago Tribune. September 22, 1994. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  11. ^ "AB Sell Cardinals". The New York Times. December 23, 1995. Retrieved February 24, 2013.

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Joe McDonald
St. Louis Cardinals General Manager
Succeeded by
Walt Jocketty
1967 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1968 St. Louis Cardinals season

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Following the season, Major League Baseball announced plans to split both the National and American Leagues into East and West divisions starting with the 1969 season in order to accommodate the inclusion of two new franchises to each league. The Cardinals were assigned to the new National League East division. Originally, the Cardinals were placed in the National League West division. However, the New York Mets, wanting to compensate for the loss of home games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, desired three extra games against the Cardinals, the two-time defending NL champions. The Cardinals were thus moved to the National League East division along with the Chicago Cubs, who wished to maintain their long-standing rivalry with the Cardinals. The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds were correspondingly shifted to the National League West despite both being east of St. Louis and Chicago, a configuration maintained until 1993.

1969 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1969 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 88th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 78th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 87–75 during the season and finished fourth in the newly established National League East, 13 games behind the eventual NL pennant and World Series champion New York Mets.

The resurgent Chicago Cubs, featuring players such as Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Billy Williams and helmed by fiery manager Leo Durocher, led the newly formed NL East for much of the summer before faltering. The Cardinals put on a mid-season surge, as their famous announcer Harry Caray (in what would prove to be his final season of 25 doing Cardinals broadcasts) began singing, "The Cardinals are coming, tra-la, tra-la". However, to the surprise of both Chicago and St. Louis, the Miracle Mets would ultimately win the division, as well as the league championship and the World Series.

1970 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1972 Oakland Athletics season

The 1972 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's winning the American League West with a record of 93 wins and 62 losses. In the playoffs, they defeated the Detroit Tigers in a five-game ALCS, followed by a seven-game World Series, in which they defeated the Cincinnati Reds for their first World Championship since 1930, when the club was in Philadelphia.

1972 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1972 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 91st season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 81st season in the National League. The Cardinals went 75–81 during the season and finished fourth in the National League East, 21½ games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1973 Oakland Athletics season

The 1973 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's winning their third consecutive American League West title with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses. The A's went on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS for their second straight AL Championship, and won the World Series in seven games over the New York Mets to take their second consecutive World Championship.

1973 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1974 Oakland Athletics season

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1974 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1975 Oakland Athletics season

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1981 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1981 followed the system in place since 1978.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected Bob Gibson.

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It selected Rube Foster and Johnny Mize. Foster would be one of two people from the Negro Leagues elected in seventeen years before introduction of a separate ballot in 1995.

Ed Spiezio

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Eddie Bressoud

Edward Francis Bressoud (born May 2, 1932) is a retired American professional baseball player. Born in Los Angeles, he is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball who played from 1956 through 1967 for the New York and San Francisco Giants (1956–1961), Boston Red Sox (1962–1965), New York Mets (1966) and St. Louis Cardinals (1967). He batted and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).

Bressoud attended San Jose State University and the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his pro career in 1950, missed two minor league seasons in military service during the Korean War, and reached the majors in 1956 with the Giants. Bressoud spent two years with the MLB club in New York City, then four years after its 1958 transfer to San Francisco. He was the Giants' regular shortstop in both 1959 and 1960, but hit only .251 and .225. Ousted from his regular job by rookie José Pagán in 1961, Bressoud was the first selection of the Houston Colt .45s in the 1961 expansion draft, then was traded to the Red Sox in exchange for their regular shortstop, Don Buddin.

Bressoud played four seasons for Boston, hitting 40 doubles, nine triples, 14 home runs, 79 runs and a career-high 68 RBI in 1962, and 59 extra-bases in 1963, including a career-high 20 home runs and four two-HR games. In 1964 he posted career-numbers in batting average (.293), hits (166), runs (86) and doubles (41), and represented the Red Sox in the All-Star Game. After that, he played for the New York Mets and ended his major league career with the 1967 world champion Cardinals. In the 1967 World Series — against Bressoud's former team, the Red Sox — he appeared in Games 2 and 5 as a late-inning replacement for light-hitting Cardinal shortstop Dal Maxvill, but did not record a plate appearance.

In a 12-season career, Bressoud was a .252 hitter with 925 his, 94 home runs and 365 RBI in 1,186 games. Following his playing retirement he managed in the minors and scouted for the California Angels.

Joe McDonald (baseball executive)

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John Donaldson (second baseman)

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List of St. Louis Cardinals coaches

The St. Louis Cardinals, based in St. Louis, Missouri, are a professional baseball franchise that compete in the National League of Major League Baseball (MLB). The club employs coaches who support – and report directly to – the manager. Coaches for various aspects of the game, including pitching, hitting, baserunning and fielding, give instruction to players to assist them in exercising the major disciplines that must be successfully executed to compete at the highest level. These specialized roles are a relatively new development, as coaches initially did not have specific roles and instead had titles such as "first assistant", "second assistant", etc. St. Louis Cardinals coaches have played an important role in the team's eleven World Series titles. Many are retired players who at one time played for the team. Coaching is often part of the path for Major League managerial hopefuls, as a coach's previous experiences typically include managing and/or coaching at the minor league level. Charley O'Leary and Heinie Peitz, both former Cardinals players, became the first coaches the Cardinals employed as positions separate from the manager in 1913.

The longest-tenured coach in Cardinals' franchise history is Red Schoendienst, who has filled a variety of roles for the St. Louis Cardinals. First, he played 15 seasons as a second baseman for the Cardinals before becoming an on-field coach in 1962 in his penultimate season as an active player. He continued to coach through 1964, and the next season, became the Cardinals' manager. Returning as an on-field coach for the Cardinals in 1979, Schoendienst remained in that capacity until 1995. Since 1996, he has served as a special assistant to the general manager as a coaching advisor. In all, Schoendienst has coached for St. Louis for 38 total seasons. He has also worn a St. Louis Major League uniform in eight different decades, won four World Series titles as part of on-field personnel and two more World Series titles since moving into his role as an advisor.The current longest-tenured coach through 2015 is third-base coach José Oquendo, who has been coaching for the Cardinals since 1999. The latest addition is assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller, who was hired before the 2015 season. The longest-tenured on-field coach in franchise history is Buzzy Wares; he is also the only coach for the Cardinals with a consecutive on-field season streak of 20 or more seasons with 23. Schoendienst is the only other with 20 or more total seasons; he also had a streak of 17 consecutive seasons. Dave Duncan and Dave McKay are both tied for third with 16 total seasons and both with a streak of 16 consecutive seasons. Jose Oquendo is also tied with Duncan and McKay with 16 years during the 2015 season as it marks his 16 consecutive season as an on field coach. Others with ten or more seasons include Mike González, Johnny Lewis, Marty Mason, Gaylen Pitts and Dave Ricketts. Dal Maxvill is the only former Cardinals coach to have become a general manager for the Cardinals. Ray Blades, Ken Boyer, González, Johnny Keane, Jack Krol, Marty Marion, Bill McKechnie, Schoendienst and Harry Walker have all also managed the Cardinals. Cardinals coaches who have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum include Bob Gibson, McKechnie and Schoendienst.

Ray Daviault

Raymond Joseph Robert Daviault (born May 27, 1934) is a retired Canadian professional baseball player. The right-handed pitcher, a native of Montreal, Quebec, had an 11-season (1953–1963) professional career, but spent only part of one season in the Major Leagues, appearing in 36 games (all but three in relief) for the 1962 New York Mets, the first season in that expansion team's history. He stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).

Daviault had been selected by the Mets with the 18th pick in the 1961 Major League Baseball expansion draft, even though he had yet to pitch a single inning in the Majors. In 1961, his ninth season in the minors, he had appeared in 58 games and 105 innings pitched for the Triple-A Tacoma Giants, fashioning a 10–9 record and an earned run average of 3.17.In 1962, he broke spring training camp on the Mets' inaugural roster, and made his MLB debut on April 13 at the Polo Grounds against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Entering the game in the eighth inning with the Mets down, 3–2, he walked Dick Groat, threw a wild pitch, retired Bob Skinner on a ground ball (with Groat advancing to third base), then uncorked a second wild pitch to score Groat and increase the Pirate lead to 4–2. He also walked three batters in the ninth inning but allowed no further scoring as Pittsburgh ended up winning, 4–3.He earned his only MLB victory on July 7 against the St. Louis Cardinals, also at the Polo Grounds. He came into a 3–3 tie in the eighth inning, and immediately dodged a bullet when Cardinal baserunner Dal Maxvill failed to touch third base and was called out to kill a St. Louis rally. Then, in the ninth, Daviault surrendered a go-ahead home run to the Cardinals' Curt Flood. But, in the bottom of the inning, the Mets' Marv Throneberry hit a two-run, walk-off home run off Ernie Broglio to give New York and Daviault a come-from-behind, 5–4 win.That 1962 Mets team had a record of 40–120, still the record for most losses by a Major League Baseball team in a single season.

In 36 MLB games and 81 innings pitched, Daviault allowed 92 hits and 48 walks; he struck out 51.

Widower of Lisette Lesperance, he is father of three kids and grandfather of six little children.

Walt Jocketty

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