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Former manager and pitching coach Bamberger passes away

Postby WebHamster » Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:00 am

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Former major league manager and pitching coach George Bamberger died on Sunday in Florida. He was 78.

Bamberger had been battling cancer for the past few years.

As a pitcher in the 1950s, the righthander from Staten Island, New York worked a total of 10 major league games and had no record with a 9.42 ERA in parts of three seasons. He came up with the New York Giants in 1951 and pitched in two games, then worked five games the following year and didn't appear in the majors again until 1959 with Baltimore.

However, Bamberger became a highly-regarded pitching coach for Earl Weaver's Orioles from 1968-77. Baltimore won three American League pennants from 1969-71 and the 1970 World Series title behind its strong pitching.

In 1971, four Baltimore starters -- Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson -- each won at least 20 games.

Bamberger left the Orioles to manage the Milwaukee Brewers in 1978 and resigned after 92 games during the 1980 campaign to undergo heart bypass surgery. He laid the groundwork for a club that won the AL pennant in 1982.

By 1982 Bamberger was the skipper of the New York Mets and he lasted only 46 games into the '83 season, then returned to Milwaukee in 1985 and guided the Brewers to a pair of last-place finishes.

In parts of seven seasons as a manager, Bamberger posted a record of 458-478.

Bamberger is survived by his wife, Wilma.
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