Gary Varsho

Gary Andrew Varsho (born June 20, 1961) is an American former professional baseball outfielder, manager, and coach, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and Philadelphia Phillies.[1]

Gary Varsho
Born: June 20, 1961 (age 58)
Marshfield, Wisconsin
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 6, 1988, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1995, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average.244
Home runs10
Runs batted in84
As player
As manager
As coach

Baseball career

As player

Varsho was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the fifth round (107th overall) of the 1982 June draft as a second baseman and made his MLB debut with the Cubs on July 9, 1988. His first major league hit came off Ed Whitson on July 9, 1988 against the San Diego Padres. After being traded to the Pirates, Varsho connected off the Cubs’ Shawn Boskie for his first big league home run on July 2, 1992, at Wrigley Field.

Varsho appeared for the Pirates in the 1991 and 1992 National League Championship Series; in three postseason games (all as a pinch hitter), he singled twice in three at bats, and spent one defensive inning in right field.

Primarily an outfielder, Varsho played 14 years of pro baseball, including eight seasons in the major leagues (19881995).

After playing

Varsho was the Phillies bench coach (20022006) and was interim manager for the last two games of the 2004 season,[2] after Larry Bowa was fired. Varsho was fired as the Pirates’ bench coach on August 8, 2010. In 2012, he became a professional scout for the Los Angeles Angels.[3] Since 2016, Varsho has served in the same capacity for the Pirates.[4]

Personal life

In 1979, Varsho graduated from Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Wisconsin, after which he attended University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he received a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1989.[5]

Varsho and his wife, Kay have three children: daughters Andie and Taylor, born October 19, 1991 and April 12, 1994 respectively; and son Daulton, born July 2, 1996, who is a professional baseball catcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.[6]


  1. ^ "Gary Varsho Stats". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Gary Varsho Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2015). Baseball America 2015 Directory. Durham, NC: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-56-5.
  4. ^ "Front Office Directory | Pittsburgh Pirates | Baseball Operations". Major League Baseball. 2019. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Manager and Coaches | Pittsburgh Pirates | Gary Varsho". Pittsburgh Pirates. 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  6. ^ "Daulton Varsho Stats, Fantasy & News". Major League Baseball. 2019. Retrieved July 8, 2019.

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Preceded by
Jim Lett
Pittsburgh Pirates Bench Coach
2008 - 2010
Succeeded by
Jeff Banister
1961 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1961 throughout the world.

1982 Chicago Cubs season

The 1982 Chicago Cubs season was the 111th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 107th in the National League and the 67th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 73-89, 19 games behind the eventual National League and 1982 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. For the first time in more than a half a century, the Cubs were not owned by a member of the Wrigley family. Instead, it was the first full season for the Cubs under the ownership of the Tribune Company, owners of the team's broadcast partner WGN TV and Radio, and for Cubs TV viewers the first season ever for them to see and hear Harry Caray on the broadcast panel.

1988 Chicago Cubs season

The 1988 Chicago Cubs season was the 117th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 113th in the National League and the 73rd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 77–85, 24 games behind the New York Mets.

The first game under lights at Wrigley Field was on August 8 (8/8/88), against the Philadelphia Phillies. With the Cubs leading 3–1, in the middle of the 4th inning, a powerful thunderstorm rolled in. The game was suspended, and finally called at 10:25PM.

Since the rules of Major League Baseball state that a game is not official unless 5 innings are completed, the first official night game in the history of Wrigley Field was played on August 9, when the Cubs defeated the New York Mets 6 to 4.

1989 Chicago Cubs season

The 1989 Chicago Cubs season was the team's 118th season, the 114th in the National League and the 74th at Wrigley Field. Highlighting the season was the Cubs' second National League Eastern Division championship with a record of 93–69. The Cubs had All-Star seasons from Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Rick Sutcliffe and Mitch Williams; Jerome Walton was the NL Rookie of the Year. Ultimately, the team was defeated four games to one by the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 National League Championship Series.

1991 Chicago Cubs season

The 1991 Chicago Cubs season was the 120th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 116th in the National League and the 76th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 77–83.

1991 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1991 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 110th in franchise history; the 105th in the National League. This was their 22nd season at Three Rivers Stadium. For the second consecutive season, the Pirates won the National League East Division Title with a record of 98–64. They were defeated four games to three by the Atlanta Braves in the 1991 National League Championship Series. During the season, John Smiley won 20 games – the last to do so for the Pirates in the 20th century.

1993 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1993 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West.

1993 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1993 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 112th in franchise history; the 107th in the National League. This was their 24th season at Three Rivers Stadium. This season saw the three-time defending National League East champions fall to 5th place in the division with a 75–87 record. In the offseason, the National League expanded to 14 teams and Barry Bonds left the Pirates and signed with the San Francisco Giants. This season was the first of the Pirates record setting twenty straight losing seasons.

1994 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1994 Pittsburgh Pirates season was their 113th season; the 108th in the National League. This was their 25th season at Three Rivers Stadium. The Pirates finished the shortened season third in the National League Central with a record of 53–61. They hosted the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in the 125th Anniversary season of Major League Baseball.

1995 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1995 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 113th season in the history of the franchise.

2004 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2004 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 122nd season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies finished in second-place in the National League East with a record of 86-76, ten games behind the Atlanta Braves, and six games behind the NL wild-card champion Houston Astros. The Phillies were managed by their former shortstop Larry Bowa (85-75) and Gary Varsho (1-1), who replaced Bowa on the penultimate day of the season. The Phillies played their first season of home games at Citizens Bank Park, which opened April 12, with the visiting Cincinnati Reds defeating the Phillies, 4-1.

Eastern League Manager of the Year Award

The Eastern League Manager of the Year Award is an annual award given to the best manager in minor league baseball's Eastern League. In 1962, Frank Lucchesi won the first ever Eastern League Manager of the Award. The only managers with more than one award are Bill Dancy, Brad Komminsk, Matt Walbeck, and Dusty Wathan, each with two wins. Wathan won the award in consecutive years (2015 and 2016).

Eight managers from the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball (MLB) organizations have won the award, more than any others, followed by the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations (5); the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays organizations (4); the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets organizations (3); the Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, and Seattle Mariners organizations (2); and the Chicago White Sox, Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, and Oakland Athletics organizations (1).

Jim Lett

James Curtis Lett (born January 3, 1951) is an American retired baseball player, and former coach for several teams. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia.

List of Philadelphia Phillies managers

In its 133-year history, the Philadelphia Phillies baseball franchise of Major League Baseball's National League has employed 54 managers. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. Of those 52 managers, 15 have been "player-managers"; specifically, they managed the team while still being signed as a player.The Phillies posted their franchise record for losses in a season during their record-setting streak of 16 consecutive losing seasons (a season where the winning percentage is below .500), with 111 losses out of 154 games in 1941. During this stretch from 1933 to 1948, the Phillies employed seven managers, all of whom posted a winning percentage below .430 for their Phillies careers. Seven managers have taken the Phillies to the postseason, with Danny Ozark and Charlie Manuel leading the team to three playoff appearances. Dallas Green and Charlie Manuel are the only Phillies managers to win a World Series: Green in the 1980 World Series against the Kansas City Royals; and Manuel in the 2008 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gene Mauch is the longest-tenured manager in franchise history, with 1,332 games of service in parts of nine seasons (1960–1968). Manuel surpassed Mauch for the most victories as a manager in franchise history on September 28, 2011, with a 13-inning defeat of the Atlanta Braves; it was the team's final victory in their franchise-record 102-win season.

The manager with the highest winning percentage over a full season or more was Arthur Irwin, whose .575 winning percentage is fourth on the all-time wins list for Phillies managers. Conversely, the worst winning percentage over a season in franchise history is .160 by the inaugural season's second manager Blondie Purcell, who posted a 13–68 record during the 1883 season.

Mick Billmeyer

Michael Frederick "Mick" Billmeyer (born April 24, 1964) is a former baseball player who most recently served as the bullpen coach for the Detroit Tigers during the 2017 season. Mick now works for UPS in Maryland.

Pittsfield Cubs

The Pittsfield Cubs, located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, were a minor league baseball team that played in the Eastern League from 1985 to 1988. They played their home games at Wahconah Park and were affiliated with the Chicago Cubs.

Reading Fightin Phils

The Reading Fightin Phils (also called the Reading Fightins) are a minor league baseball team based in Reading, Pennsylvania, playing in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League. The team plays their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Reading Fightin Phils were founded in 1967 as the Reading Phillies (commonly referred to as the R-Phils and sometimes Reading Phils) and they are the Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies since 1967 and this affiliation is currently tied for the longest affiliation in Minor League Baseball. The Phillies bought the team outright in 2008.

The franchise has always been based in Reading and maintained its original name "Reading Phillies" from its establishment in 1967 through 2012. The Reading Fightin Phils are the oldest team in the Eastern League to play in their original and current city with the most seasons under their original name (Reading Phillies).

The Fightin Phils' stadium, FirstEnergy Stadium which was built in 1951 and was previously known as Reading Municipal Memorial Stadium, has been home to the Reading Fightin Phils since their establishment in 1967. The stadium seats 9,000 fans, and on July 3, 2007, the stadium celebrated their ten-millionth fan to attend a game.

The Fightin Phils won the Eastern League championship in 1968, 1973, and 1995, and were co-champions in 2001. The 1983 Phillies were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.

Salinas Spurs

Several minor league baseball teams have been based in Salinas, California and played in the California League.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are a minor league baseball team of the Midwest League, and the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The team is located in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, right outside of Appleton in the Fox Cities. They are named for the timber rattlesnake, which oddly enough is not indigenous to the area. The team plays its home games at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, which opened in 1995 and seats 5,170 fans (plus grass seating). The Timber Rattlers have won nine league championships, most recently in 2012. World Series-winning Managers Earl Weaver and Jack McKeon were Managers at Appleton. Baseball Hall of Fame members Pat Gillick, Earl Weaver, and Goose Gossage played for Appleton. Five future Cy Young Award winners and three Most Valuable Player recipients were on Appleton/Wisconsin rosters. The 1978 Appleton Foxes were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.


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