John McNamara Death – Dead: John McNamara Obituary, Cause of Death
John Francis McNamara has passed away, this was confirmed through what we saw on social media today.
Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Breaking: Ex-Toronto Blue Jays bench coach John McNamara has passed away. RIP Coach
— Jents (@jaysleafspats) July 29, 2020
John Francis McNamara (June 4, 1932 – July 29, 2020) was a former American professional baseball manager, coach and player. After spending over 15 years in the minor leagues as a player and player-manager, McNamara helmed six Major League Baseball (MLB) teams for all or parts of 19 seasons between 1969 and 1996. He directed the 1986 Boston Red Sox to the American League pennant, and was named his league’s “Manager of the Year” by both the BBWAA and The Sporting News. However, the Red Sox were defeated by the New York Mets in seven games in the 1986 World Series when they failed to hold a two-run, two-out, two-strike lead in Game 6, and a three-run advantage in Game 7.
McNamara was born in Sacramento, where he attended Christian Brothers High School. At Sacramento City College, he led his team to the 1951 California state championship and later was inducted to the SCC Athletic Hall of Fame. A right-handed batter and thrower who stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg), in his playing days he was a peripatetic, weak-hitting catcher, originally signing with the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 1951. He rose as high as the Open-Classification Pacific Coast League during 1956 as a member of his hometown Solons, but he hit only .171 in 76 games played.
He began his managing career with the Lewis-Clark Broncs in Lewiston, Idaho, of the Class B Northwest League in 1959, and when the club became an affiliate of the Kansas City Athletics in 1960, McNamara joined the Athletics’ system. He won Southern League pennants with the Birmingham Barons, the A’s Double-A affiliate, in 1966 and 1967 and groomed many future members of the Oakland Athletics’ early-1970s dynasty (Baseball Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Reggie Jackson, as well as Sal Bando, Blue Moon Odom, Joe Rudi and others) during his tenure as the organization’s Double-A manager. At the same time, McNamara also mentored future Hall of Fame manager (then an infielder) Tony LaRussa and future pitching coach (then catcher) Dave Duncan. Jackson, in particular, credits McNamara with helping him through his time with Birmingham, with the racial tensions that existed in the Deep South at the time.