John Felske

John Frederick Felske (born May 30, 1942) is an American former professional baseball catcher, coach, and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). Felske reached the big leagues as a player with the Chicago Cubs (1968) and Milwaukee Brewers (19721973). Most notably, he was the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, where he achieved a record of 190 victories and 194 defeats (.495), across almost 21/2 seasons (19851986) and the first 61 games of 1987, before being succeeded by Lee Elia.

John Felske
John Felske 1973
Felske in 1973
Born: May 30, 1942 (age 77)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 26, 1968, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 8, 1973, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Batting average.135
Runs batted in9
Managerial record190–194
As player
As manager
As coach

Playing career

Felske batted and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg). After attending the University of Illinois, Felske signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1961, but his shortcomings as a batter—and the durability of Chicago backstop Randy Hundley—kept him at the minor league level except for two at bats in the middle of the 1968 season.

He was drafted by the Seattle Pilots in December 1969, and played a total of 50 games over the 1972 and 1973 seasons for the Pilots' successor franchise, the Milwaukee Brewers, as third-string receiver. Overall, Felske, a right-handed hitter, batted only .135 in his major league career with 14 hits and one home run, hit on June 1, 1972, against Lindy McDaniel in a 9–8 Brewer win over the New York Yankees at Milwaukee County Stadium.[1]

Manager and coach

In 1974, Felske turned his hand to managing in the Brewer farm system, reaching the Triple-A level in 1977. After winning the division title with the 1979 Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League, Felske was named as the bullpen coach for the Toronto Blue Jays under skipper Bobby Mattick for 1980 and 1981. When Mattick stepped down in favor of Bobby Cox, Felske joined the Philadelphia farm system, and won another PCL divisional title in 1983 with the Portland Beavers.

He was promoted to the Phillies' coaching staff for the 1984 season as heir apparent to their skipper Paul Owens, who also was the club's general manager. Owens resigned his managing post September 30 of that season, and Felske took over the helm. However, the Phillies—1983 National League champions—were in rapid decline. Hall of Fame left-hander Steve Carlton was coming to the end of his career, and youngsters called up to replace aging veterans fell short of expectations.

The 1985 Phillies won only 75 games, and Felske bore the brunt of criticism from fans and media. While the 1986 club improved to second place in the NL East Division and 86 wins, it finished 21½ games behind the frontrunning rival and eventual champion New York Mets. Meanwhile, the team's front office turned over with Owens' retirement. In 1987, when the Phillies won only 29 of their first 61 games on their way to a fourth-place finish, Felske was fired June 18.


  1. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Milwaukee Brewers 9, New York Yankees 8".

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1968 Chicago Cubs season

The 1968 Chicago Cubs season was the 97th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 93rd in the National League and the 53rd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished third in the National League with a record of 84–78.

1972 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1972 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing sixth in the American League East with a record of 65 wins and 91 losses. Because of the move of the Washington Senators to Texas, the Brewers shifted from the AL West to the AL East.

1973 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1973 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing fifth in the American League East with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses.

1974 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1974 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing fifth in the American League East with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.

1975 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1975 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing fifth in the American League East with a record of 68 wins and 94 losses.

1979 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1979 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing second in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 66 losses.

1985 Major League Baseball season

The 1985 Major League Baseball season ended with the Kansas City Royals defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh game of the I-70 World Series. Bret Saberhagen, the regular season Cy Young Award winner, was named MVP of the Series. The National League won the All-Star Game for the second straight year.

The League Championship Series playoffs were expanded to a best-of-seven format beginning this year, and both leagues ended up settling their pennant winners in more than five games, with the Royals beating the Toronto Blue Jays in seven games, and the Cardinals beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

1985 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1985 season was the Philadelphia Phillies 103rd season. The Phillies finished in fifth place in the National League East with a record of 75 wins and 87 losses. It was the first time the team finished below .500 since going 80-82 in 1974.

1986 Major League Baseball season

The 1986 Major League Baseball season saw the New York Mets win their second World Series title, their first since 1969.

1986 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1986 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 104th season for the Phillies. Under second-year manager John Felske, the Phillies stayed just below the .500 mark for roughly two-thirds of the season, until a charge after the All-Star break pushed the club past the St. Louis Cardinals and Montreal Expos into second place in the NL East. The eventual World Series champions rival New York Mets finished with a Major League best 108-54 record, and finished 21​1⁄2 games ahead of the Phillies. The Mets and the Phillies were the only teams in the National League East to post winning records. Mike Schmidt became the first third baseman in the history of the National League to win the MVP Award three times.

1987 Major League Baseball season

The 1987 Major League Baseball season ended with the American League Champion Minnesota Twins winning the World Series over the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three, as all seven games were won by the home team.

Future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr. was selected with the #1 overall pick in the draft in June by the Seattle Mariners.

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List of Philadelphia Phillies managers

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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.

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Milwaukee Brewers all-time roster

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Newark Co-Pilots

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Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year Award

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Thetford Mines Pirates

The Thetford Mines Pirates and the Thetford Mines Miners (French: les Pirates (Mineurs) de Thetford Mines) were the names of a Canadian minor league baseball franchise that represented Thetford Mines, Quebec, in the Double-A Eastern League in 1974–75. The club played at le Stade Bellevue.After two winning but non-playoff teams as the Sherbrooke Pirates, the team moved to Thetford Mines, located 104 km (65 miles) to the north, for the 1974 season as an affiliate of the namesake Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. Led by league All-Star catcher and Most Valuable Player Ken Macha, the future MLB manager, Thetford Mines made the playoffs and defeated the Bristol Red Sox in the semi-finals and the Pittsfield Rangers in the finals to win the Eastern League championship. But the club drew almost 50,000 fans less than they had in Sherbrooke during the 1973 season. As a result, the MLB Pirates switched their Double-A affiliate to the Shreveport Captains of the Double-A Texas League for 1975.

They were replaced in Thetford Mines by the Milwaukee Brewers for 1975. But the renamed "Miners" finished in seventh place, 22½ games out of a playoff spot, and drew only 16,000 fans all year. The franchise was moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for 1976.

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