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    Mar 11, 1988 - Angels manager Gene Mauch‚ 62‚ takes a leave of absence for health reasons and is replaced by Cookie Rojas. Mauch will announce his retirement on March 27th.

    Oct 15, 1986 - Boston routs California 8-1 in the 7th game of the ALCS and advances to the World Series. The game caps yet another heartbreaking failure for Angels skipper Gene Mauch‚ who in game 5 was one strike away from reaching his first World Series in 25 seasons as a ML manager. After the game‚ veteran 2B Bobby Grich retires.

    Oct 16, 1984 - Gene Mauch‚ who resigned as the Angels' manager after the 1982 season‚ is hired again.

    Oct 22, 1982 - Despite having led his club to the AL West title‚ hard-luck Gene Mauch resigns as manager of the Angels. He will be replaced on November 2nd by John McNamara‚ who was fired in July as manager of the Reds.

    May 28, 1981 - Angels manager Jim Fregosi‚ who led the club to a 22-25 record‚ 71?2 games off the pace in the AL West‚ becomes the 3rd AL skipper to be fired this month. He is replaced by Gene Mauch.

    Aug 24, 1980 - Twins manager Gene Mauch resigns following a 3-2 loss to the Tigers. He will be replaced by John Goryl.

    Aug 5, 1980 - Expos manager Dick Williams wins his 1‚000th career game 11-5 over the Mets‚ at Olympic Stadium. He is 3rd in wins among active managers behind Gene Mauch and Earl Weaver. The Expos overcome the offense of Doug Flynn‚ who ties the modern ML record with 3 triples. It was last done in the NL by Ernie Banks‚ in 1966.

    Nov 24, 1975 - Gene Mauch signs a 3-year contract to manage the Twins‚ replacing the fired Frank Quilici.

    Oct 1, 1975 - Montreal fires manager Gene Mauch. Karl Kuehl is named to succeed Mauch.

    Jan 9, 1974 - Picking first in the January amateur draft‚ the Rangers select SS Roy Smalley‚ Jr‚ son of 10-year ML vet SS and nephew of manager Gene Mauch. Smalley‚ who dropped out of USC in the fall to make himself eligible‚ will sign for $100‚000.

    Sep 5, 1968 - Gene Mauch is named manager of the new Montreal NL club‚ which is officially named the Expos.

    Jun 15, 1968 - Gene Mauch (27-27) is fired as manager of the Phillies. He will be replaced tomorrow by Bob Skinner‚ manager of the San Diego farm team.

    May 2, 1968 - During a 3-0 loss to the Mets‚ Phillies reliever John Boozer is ejected in the 7th by umpire Ed Vargo at Shea Stadium for throwing spitballs during his warm-up pitches. After the first time he goes to his mouth‚ the umpire calls a ball‚ even though the batter was not in the box. Manager Gene Mauch comes out to argue and orders Boozer to go to his mouth on the next two pitches as well‚ earning both Boozer and Mauch ejections. Mauch protests the game. Boozer is only the 2nd ML pitcher to be ejected from a game for throwing spitballs. Dick Hall‚ who replaces Boozer with a 3-0 count on Bud Harrelson‚ gets him to ground out. Nolan Ryan notches his second career win. Tomorrow‚ National League President Warren Giles will rule that a pitcher shouldn't be charged with a ball while warming up. If a pitcher touches his mouth while warming up‚ he would be required to dry his fingers before delivering a pitch to the batter.

    Apr 21, 1966 - The 1-7 Cubs trade veteran pitchers Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl to Philadelphia for young P Ferguson Jenkins‚ OF Adolfo Phillips‚ and 1B/OF John Herrnstein. "It's the best deal we could've made‚" says Phils manager Gene Mauch. "I think it complemented our staff exactly the way we wanted." Jenkins was 2-1 for the Phils in 1965 after being brought up from Arkansas (PCL)‚ but he'll go into the Hall of Fame as a Cub.

    Jun 29, 1961 - With 3 round-trippers at Philadelphia-one a 10th-inning shot to win 8-7-Willie Mays becomes the 4th ML player with 3 or more HRs twice in one season. Manager Gene Mauch's efforts to conceal his starting pitcher and force Al Dark's hand has a Phillie lineup including hurlers Don Ferrarese (batting leadoff‚ playing CF)‚ Jim Owens (3rd‚ RF)‚ Chris Short (7th‚ C)‚ and Ken Lehman (9th‚ P) against San Francisco. When Dark sends lefty Billy O'Dell to the mound for one batter‚ Mauch replaces Ferrarese‚ Short and Owen. Dark then replaces Billy O'Dell with Sam Jones. Mauch replaces Lehman with Dallas Green after 2 batters. All the maneuvering takes 3 hours and 20 minutes. The Giants then take the nitecap‚ 4-1‚ as Mays triples and doubles home 2 runs and completes a DP with a throw home.

    May 15, 1960 - At Cincinnati‚ the Reds are down 9-1 when P Raul Sanchez starts a brawl by plunking 3 of 4 Phils batters in the 8th inning‚ the last batter being P Gene Conley. Phils manager Gene Mauch then charges the mound to tackle Sanchez. Both dugouts empty with fights all around. The most cinematic is 2B Billy Martin‚ 5'11" taken on the 6'11" Conley‚ though future Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Robin Roberts is a close second. It takes 12 minutes to restore order. The Phils romp 14-3‚ then lose 5-1 in the doubleheader.

    Apr 14, 1960 - After a 9-4 Opening Day loss to the Reds‚ Eddie Sawyer decides he's had it with managing and quits the Phillies‚ stating‚ "I'm 49 and I want to live to be 50." He came to Philadelphia from Toronto (International League) in l948 and has managed no other ML team. Interim manager Andy Cohen wins one game before Gene Mauch gets the job and begins a 26-year managerial career in the bigs.

    May 22, 1957 - The Red Sox set an AL record by smashing 4 HRs in the 6th inning in an 11-0 win over Cleveland. Gene MauchTed WilliamsDick Gernert‚ and Frank Malzone do the honors. All of these come on the first 16 pitches from Cal McLish. Williams had set the record with Jimmie FoxxJoe Cronin‚ and Jim Tabor in l940.

    Apr 23, 1957 - At Fenway‚ Ted Williams belts a CF homer and a single to drive in 2 runs as the Red Sox beat the Orioles‚ 3-1. Frank Sullivan allows 4 hits in winning. The Sox Gene Mauch hits into an unusual DP with Dick Gernert on 3B. Mauch grounds to 1B George Kell‚ who steps on 1B and throws home. Mauch throws up his hands and deflects the throw. Gernert is ruled out on the interference call.

    Sep 10, 1956 - The Red Sox sign 2B Gene Mauch after he was released by Los Angeles (PCL). Mauch hit .348 in 144 games for L.A.

    Mar 26, 1952 - The Cardinals purchase infielder Gene Mauch from the Yankees.

    Jun 2, 1950 - Behind the 5-hit pitching of bonus baby Bill MacDonald (2-0)‚ the Pirates beat the Braves‚ 5-4 to stop a 9-game hitting streak. Gene Mauch homers and drives in 3 runs for Boston‚ while Ralph Kiner hits his 10th of the year‚ off Warren Spahn.

    Dec 14, 1949 - The Cubs send P Bill Voiselle and $35‚000 to the Braves for infielder Gene Mauch. The Cubs had hoped to come away with Warren Spahn or Johnny Antonelli.

    Jul 27, 1948 - At Philadelphia the Cubs tip the Phillies‚ 3-2‚ with the win going to Hank Borowy in relief. Cubs 2B Gene Mauch helps by nabbing Dick Sisler with a hidden ball trick in the 2nd inning.

    Dec 8, 1947 - In a move that will anchor The Boys of Summer‚ Brooklyn acquires SS Billy Cox‚ 33-year-old P Preacher Roe (34-47 in 4 years in Pittsburgh)‚ and little-used infielder Gene Mauch from Pittsburgh for pitchers Vic Lombardi‚ 25‚ Hal Gregg‚ 26‚ and former batting champ‚ 37-year-old Dixie Walker. In the spring Walker had requested in writing to be traded‚ but then changed his mind. Al Abrams‚ sports editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‚ opines‚ "I believe they [Pirates] got the better of it in the trade."

    May 3, 1947 - The Dodgers ship pitchers Hank BehrmanCal McLish and Kirby Higbe‚ and minor leaguers Gene Mauch and C Dixie Howell to the Pirates for OF Al Gionfriddo and $100‚000. Behrman‚ with no appearances for Brooklyn this year will go 0-2 before the Bucs send him back to Brooklyn on June 14.

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