Rick Manning

Richard Eugene Manning (born September 2, 1954) is a former center fielder and current broadcaster in Major League Baseball (MLB), who played for the Cleveland Indians (1975-1983) and Milwaukee Brewers (1983–1987), and has been a color commentator for Cleveland Indians telecasts since 1990.

Rick Manning
Rick Manning
Center fielder
Born: September 2, 1954 (age 64)
Niagara Falls, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 23, 1975, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1987, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Batting average.257
Home runs56
Runs batted in458
Career highlights and awards

Major league career

Manning, who was the second overall selection in the 1972 MLB draft,[1] made his major league debut with the Indians during the 1975 season. In 1976, he was recognized for his defensive play by winning the American League Gold Glove Award.[2]

Manning had a romantic involvement with teammate Dennis Eckersley's wife, Denise; they eventually married, and then divorced. This may have led to the Indians' front office's decision to trade one of the players; there were other "official" and "unofficial" reasons given.[3] Eckersley, a future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, was traded with Fred Kendall on March 30, 1978 to the Boston Red Sox for Rick Wise, Mike Paxton, Bo Díaz and Ted Cox.

After playing five more seasons with the Indians, Manning was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers during the 1983 season.[4] As a member of the Brewers, he hit a 10th-inning single on August 26, 1987 as the Brewers defeated the Indians 1-0.[2] Brewers fans actually booed Manning for driving in the winning run because Paul Molitor was on deck and looking to extend his 39-game hit streak. Manning's walk-off single deprived Molitor of one last chance to reach 40 games as he went 0-for-4 in the contest.

Career highlights

On May 15, 1981, Manning caught Ernie Whitt's fly ball, the final out of Len Barker's perfect game, in one of the most memorable images in Cleveland sports history; the Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0.[5][6]

Broadcasting career

Since 1990, he has served as a color commentator for Indians telecasts. Manning has the longest tenure of any television announcer in team history.

Manning can be seen doing Tribe games on SportsTime Ohio (alongside Matt Underwood). He resides in Chesterland, Ohio, during the season, and Goodyear, Arizona, (the spring training city for the Indians) in the offseason.[7] He also occasionally provides color commentary on regional broadcasts for Major League Baseball on FOX, mainly when FOX shows an Indians game.[8]


See also


  1. ^ "Rick Manning Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ a b "Cleveland Indians at Milwaukee Brewers Box Score, August 26, 1987 - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "A Closer Who Needed A Save".
  4. ^ "Gorman Thomas dealt to Tribe". news.google.com.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Broadcasters". Cleveland Indians.
  8. ^ "2012 MLB on FOX Schedule". www.bflo360.com.
  9. ^ "MLB American League Gold Glove Award Winners - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  10. ^ [3]
  11. ^ "Manning wins award". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  12. ^ "Rick Manning, Gordon Gund head Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame 2017 inductees (photos)". Cleveland.com.
  13. ^ "2018 Emmy winners - Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards" (PDF).

External links

1972 Cleveland Indians season

The 1972 Cleveland Indians season was the 72nd in franchise history. The team finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 72–86, 14 games behind the Detroit Tigers.

1975 Cleveland Indians season

The 1975 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Indians competing in the American League East, where they finished fourth with a record of 79–80.

1981 Cleveland Indians season

The 1981 Major League Baseball regular season started Saturday, April 11, and ended Monday, October 5. Managed by Dave Garcia, the Indians had 52 wins and 51 losses, giving them a winning percentage of .505. The Indians finished sixth in the American League East. Home games were played at Cleveland Stadium.

1983 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1983 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers finishing 5th in the American League East with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses.

Americans for Limited Government

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Andy Anderson (actor)

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Cheesehead is a nickname in the United States for a person from Wisconsin or for a fan of the Green Bay Packers NFL football franchise. The term has also been used as a derogatory nickname for Dutch people.

Chesterland, Ohio

Chesterland is a census-designated place (CDP) in Geauga County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 2,521.Former Major League Baseball player and current baseball broadcaster Rick Manning lives in Chesterland.

Jack Corrigan (sportscaster)

John Joseph "Jack" Corrigan (born September 12, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American sports broadcaster and author. He has been the radio announcer for the Colorado Rockies in Major League Baseball since 2002. Previously, he spent 18 years as the television announcer for the Cleveland Indians.

List of Cleveland Indians broadcasters

The Cleveland Indians are currently heard on the radio on flagship stations WTAM 1100 AM and WMMS 100.7. Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus comprise the announcing team.On the television side, the games air on SportsTime Ohio (STO), with select games simulcast on WKYC channel 3 in Cleveland (NBC). Matt Underwood handles play-by-play duties with former Indian Rick Manning as analyst, and Andre Knott as field reporter.

Years are listed in descending order.

List of Fox Sports announcers

This is a list of commentators who currently work or have worked for Fox Sports.

Richard Manning (disambiguation)

Richard Manning is an environmental author and journalist.

Richard Manning may also refer to:

Rich Manning (born 1970), American basketball player

Rick Manning (born 1954), American baseball player

Ricky Manning (born 1980), American football cornerback

Brennan Manning (Richard Francis Xavier Manning, 1934–2013), American Roman Catholic priest

Richard Irvine Manning I (1789–1836), American politician

Richard Irvine Manning III (1859–1931), American politician

Richard C. Manning, Australian development expert

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