Charlie Metro

Charlie Metro

Birth
Nanty Glo, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 18 Mar 2011 (aged 91)
Buckingham, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 67322428 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player, Manager, Coach. Born Charles Moreskonich, the son of a coal miner who immigrated from Ukraine, he attended Naty Glo High School before playing six years of Minor League baseball (1937 to 1942), initially with the St. Louis Browns' organization. He marked his Major League debut with Detroit on May 4th, 1943, and appeared in 44 games that year. For parts of three seasons (1943 to 1945), he played at the outfielder position with the Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics, appearing in 171 games, while recording 69 hits with a .193 lifetime batting average. Over the next fourteen years, he served as a Minor League manager and returned to the Major League level with the Cubs in 1962 to participate during the middle of what became one of the most ridiculed experiments in baseball history. The Cubs' strategy referred to as the "College of Coaches", in which not one manager but a group of selected coaches made on-field game decisions. Metro, who shared managerial duties with El Tappe and Lou Klein for the 1962 season) compiled a 43 win 69 loss record, and concluded the decade serving as an advanced scout with the Chicago White Sox. In 1970, he succeeded Joe Gordon as manager of the Kansas City Royals before being replaced by Bob Lemon during that year. Metro, who earned the reputation as a great baseball mind resumed scouting with the Tigers and joined the Dodgers during the mid-1970s as Al Campanis' special assistant. While at that capacity, Los Angeles captured three National League Pennants (1977, 1978 and 1981), including the World Series title in 1981. His final field assignment was as a coach with the Oakland Athletics in 1982. Metro co-authored the book "Safe by a Mile" (2002), which recounted his lengthy career in the sport. He died from lung cancer.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 23 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67322428
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charlie Metro (28 Apr 1919–18 Mar 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67322428, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.