Following a career spent mostly as a Tiger third baseman and a long stint in Triple-A,
Haney began managing at Toledo (American Association) in 1936. He was elevated to
the Browns in 1939, but guided them to a club-record 111 losses. Replaced early in
1941, he went back to Toledo. He turned to broadcasting games for Hollywood (Pacific
Coast League) in 1943-48, then managed the club to two pennants in four seasons.
That success earned him the job in Pittsburgh, where he finished last three years
in a row (1953-55). Taking over the Braves in June 1956, he led them to a world championship
in 1957 and a pennant in 1958. Despite finishing second in 1959, he was fired. He
was called a conservative manager and was once hung in effigy by Milwaukee fans during
a pennant-winning campaign. He later broadcast NBC-TV's Game of the Week, and served
as GM of the expansion Los Angeles Angels.
»June 17, 1956:
In Fred Haney's first games managing the Braves, Joe Adcock hits three of his record 13 Ebbets Field HRs in a doubleheader win over Brooklyn before 34,394 fans. In the first game, his game-winning ninth-inning HR off Ed Roebuck lands on the roof, making him the only slugger in history to accomplish this. The ball left the field at the 350-foot mark in LF, clearing the 83-foot wall.
»June 26, 1956:
Robin Roberts and the Phillies hand the Braves a 4-2 loss. It was the first loss for the Braves after 11 wins under new manager Fred Haney.