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Granny Hamner
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Shortstop / Second baseman
Born: (1927-04-26)April 26, 1927
Richmond, Virginia
Died: September 12, 1993(1993-09-12) (aged 66)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1944, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
August 1, 1962, for the Kansas City Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.262
Home runs104
Runs batted in708
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Granville Wilbur Hamner (April 26, 1927 – September 12, 1993) was an American shortstop and second baseman in Major League Baseball. Hamner was one of the key players on the "Whiz Kids", the 1950 National League champion Philadelphia Phillies. He was born in Richmond, Virginia and graduated from Benedictine High School.

Hamner (whose brother Garvin was also an infielder in the majors) spent ​15 12 years with the Phillies, coming to the club as a 17-year-old during World War II and becoming one of the team leaders of the 1950 champions at the age of 23. A right-handed hitting shortstop with power, Hamner compiled more than 80 runs batted in four times. In the 1950 World Series, a four-game New York Yankees sweep dominated by Yankee pitchers, Hamner batted .429 (6 for 14) with three extra-base hits. In March 1952, Hamner was named captain of the Phillies by manager Eddie Sawyer.[1]

An All-Star three years in a row, Hamner was the National League's starting shortstop in the 1952 All-Star Game, played on his home field, Shibe Park, in Philadelphia. The game was called off after five innings due to rain.

On May 16, 1959, Hamner was traded to Cleveland, but he batted only .164 for the remainder of the campaign. He then became a manager in the minor league system of the Kansas City Athletics, reappearing briefly with the A's as a pitcher during the 1962 season (he had dabbled on the mound for the 1956-57 Phillies).[2] But the change did not prolong Hamner's playing career. He briefly managed in the Phils' farm system in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 17 major league seasons, Hamner compiled a .262 batting average with 104 home runs. He was winless with two losses with an earned run average of 5.40 in seven games and ​13 13 innings as a pitcher.

In 1981, Hamner was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

He died of a heart attack at age 66 in Philadelphia.

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good evening everybody thank you thanks Peggy for that that introduction been my pleasure to come before the Norfolk Historical Society this is my fourth time. the first two times were over at the Chrysler Museum and Tom Garrett my longtime friend who has now passed who helped me write some of the books that we have published um we did our our first part of the trilogy was on early baseball in Norfolk up to 1932 and then the second part of the trilogy was where we had baseball from 1934 to 1955 the year of the tars and then now this is our third part of the trilogy and I have to say I'm not sure how long ago that was Peggy but it was been a quiet it's been a while so better late than never let's go ahead and go ahead and and talk about the history of the tides the last time I was here about a year ago I'm not sure how many were here but we talked about the Virginia Squires it was a it was a really interesting evening for me to go ahead and rehash some memories about that great team my objective tonight is is hopefully to repress some old memories and enlighten everybody about the history of our local tee baseball team the Norfolk Tides I thought it'd be more concise and meaningful if we break tonight's lecture down into specific segments instead of just going from the chronology from 1961 to 2017 I thought we'd first go ahead and do a little bit of a recap about Norfolk's baseball history the first two parts of the trilogy if you weren't here second we'll do a chronological timeline of the tides from 61 to present and then later we're going to touch on the venues the ballparks they played at some of the key players the play for the tides as well as the managers over the years the front office staff and then finally the awards and the champ ships that the tides one so first let's go ahead and rehash a little bit about baseball and Norfolk in the early years unofficially baseball played its first game in Hoboken New Jersey on June 14th a.m. 1846 it paired two amateur local teams with rules devised and implemented by Alexander Cartwright who was considered at that time to be the father of this new game called baseball as early as 1865 the Norfolk papers reported of games being played around the city by several teams including a team called the Norfolk junipers some 20 years later Norfolk formed his first professional teams with such names as the Norfolk oystermen the Norfolk lambs and the Norfolk crabs all alluding to the nautical history of the port city as well as probably local diseases that the sailors picked up in the late 1800s professional baseball in Norfolk proved to be hit or miss as leagues folded and teams disbanded on a fairly regular basis in the winter of 1899 Norfolk was admitted into the Virginia League while it was a bona fide professional baseball league it was comprised of a small group of regional teams from Petersburg Richmond Hampton Portsmouth and Newport News the players were more often than not paid less than $100 a month for their services and for the most part consisted of college players young prospects aging veteran Norfolk whose team was known as the Mary James recruited a Bucknell college football and baseball star named Christy Mathewson during the summer of 1900 Mathewson pitched in 120 games for the Norfolk team led them to the Virginia League championship before he was sold to the New York Giants to begin his Hall of Fame career as one of the most dominating pitchers in all of baseball and of course being in the first class of the Hall of Fame the Virginia League folded at the end of the 1900 season and Norfolk was without baseball until professional play resumed in 1906 with the new Virginia League and a new for the team the Norfolk tars a moniker that would remain with the jerseys with the local nine up until 1955 the tar said their good years in bed but brought a new popularity to the sport in Norfolk with many packing the stands at old league Park from 1906 to 1928 the tars claimed the Virginia League championship three times and after the Virginia League folded in twenty eight Norfolk re-entered the professional ranks as a member of the Eastern League upon entering the league the owners debated on establishing a new name for the team but the popular choice from the fans was again the tars interestingly one of the most popular choices that did not win approval at that time was for the team to be called the Norfolk Tides one that would finally appear on a local baseball jersey some 30 years later Norfolk spent two uneventful seasons with the ill-fated Eastern League before that folded many believe that the golden years of Norfolk baseball began with the admission of the Norfolk tourism to the Piedmont league in 1934 and ran until the final games of the summer in 1955 so what I want to do is recap the second part of my trilogy baseball in Norfolk that covers those years on April 28 1934 and there's a picture of the teams lined up as when they're raising the flag on opening day professional baseball returned to Norfolk Spain field which was located between Church Street and Monticello Avenue Norfolk's first year in the historic Piedmont league resulted in the championship for their manager Bill skill shown at the top the franchise formerly the Durham Bulls and under the ownership of the New York Yankees continued their winning ways as they battled local rivals such as the Portsmouth Cubs the Richmond Colts and the Newport News Dodgers as the Yankees continued to develop young talent throughout their minor-league system many future major leaguers play for the tars including Yogi Berra who was 17 years old at the time Phil Rizzuto bud Matheny whitey Ford Jim coats Bill Virdon and the rifleman Chuck Connors guitars played in several old wooden stadiums ever located just within the city limits behind what is now the coca-cola bottling plant my Monticello Avenue several is ballparks hosted guitars included League Park bainfield High Rock Park tar Park and then finally at the end Myers field with the introduction and popularity of television into the homes in the 1950s a lot of Americans really were sidetracked with going to the ballparks and they instead watch baseball on TV and so the attendance at the ballpark suffered during that time during this period the tars were dominant where the dominant team in the Piedmont league but they had difficulty getting fans to the ballpark during that time 1955 was the final year of the Piedmont league and the tars closed shop before the season was over in July so they did not make it through the end of the season many of the tars played that played for the tars were hired by the rival their cross river rival the Portsmouth Miramax to finish out the season and then on September 22nd 1955 professional baseball in Hampton Roads ceased to exist so what I'd like to do now is let's go ahead and start the beginnings of the tides which began important a lot of people don't realize that the tides were born in Portsmouth and not Norfolk so let's do a little bit of history about Portsmouth baseball the history of professional baseball in Portsmouth traces the lines of the Norfolk teams and the two teams became classic cross river rivals during the early years of the Virginia League until the final days of the old Piedmont League in 55 in fact what would happen two times they would play double headers on a Sunday and the fans would cross the across the river into Portsmouth take the ferry across with the Norfolk players and go to the old ballpark and then they would all get on the ferry and come back across and then played the second half of the doubleheader in Norfolk and you can imagine there were there were plenty of let's say heated arguments on the way back and forth between the fans as well as the players the driving force behind baseball in Portsmouth also almost from its inception was Frank D Lawrence a prominent Portsmouth banker and the outright owner of the Portsmouth truckers the Portsmouth Cubs and finally the Portsmouth Miramax as well as several teams that were sprinkled through North Carolina Lawrence had a keen eye for talent would sign and develop such prominent players attack Wilson PI trainer Eddie stanky and ace Parker and bring many X major leaguers to come draw a clout crowds into the ballpark by letting to manage the team such as Tony Lazzeri Jimmie Foxx and pepper Martin and by the time the decade of the 60s arrived there was only one major ballpark remaining in the area and that was old Portsmouth Stadium while the fate of Myers Field was sealed only a few years after the tars stop play and the stadium was was burned and demolished the solid concrete structure of the old ballpark in Portsmouth had stood the test of time the stadium hosted the South Atlantic League all-star game in 1960 and they drew a great crowd with the good turnout in the large stadium the Sally League the South Atlantic League called Sally Lee chose to give Miami native William McDonald a franchise in Portsmouth for the 1961 season Marshall Fox served as the team's first general manager and the team was referred to in the standings as the Portsmouth Norfolk Tides when it was announced the baseball would return to Hampton Roads the virginian-pilot ran a contest for the readers to name the team the runaway favorite of the fans was for the team to be called the Tidewater Mariners the Tidewater Mariners okay the Robert Mason the editor of the paper nixed the name and instead chose the name Tidewater tides for its alliteration and then the short spelling when printed in the first year of tides history the team posted a dismal record of just 66 wins 72 losses but drew a respectful 87 thousand fans to Portsmouth net for year they were managed by former Philadelphia Phillies whiz kid granny Hamner who made several appearances on the mound that season as a pitcher with the Kansas City Athletics the team that was associated with the tides during that year during this period the Sally league was a Class A League now the minor league system for people that don't understand is is classified by letters so the leads within the minor-league system that were rated to highest and closest to the Major League caliber were classified triple-a AAA then double-a and then single a down to B and C with D being the lowest regarding challenge and potential in 1960 two days Dave Rosenfield arrived and was named assistant general manager to marshal Fox would chase Riddle taking on the managerial duties for the tides the second year the franchise again failed to produce a winning record and attendance was almost cut in half because of that the team did produce the league MVP for the year and a young Ronnie Cox who beat out a future major leaguer playing for the making peaches named Pete Rose the tides would have an official working agreement with the National League st. Louis Cardinals for that year for the 1963 season the Sally League decided to curtail travel for their teams and eliminated all the Virginia teams in the league including Portsmouth with the prospect of the city losing baseball again Dave Rosenfield led a group of local investors to find money to purchase a franchise in the Carolina League the group would be known as Tidewater professional sports and was led by Richard Davis on may 17 1964 portsmouth stadium was rededicated Frank T Lawrence Stadium in honor the man that put baseball in the City of Portsmouth born in 1891 Lawrence was a local banker that organized his first professional team the Portsmouth truckers back in 1913 and it was involved with local baseball until the collapse of the Piedmont in 1955 his teams won numerous championships and he was named by the sport news as mindedly executive of the year in 1943 it wouldn't be until 1967 that the tides would post their first winning season record going 70 wins and 68 losses under manager Bob Wellman the team was now associated with the Philadelphia Phillies and had such future major leaguers as Ron Allen and Larry Hisle on the team and then following the 1968 season Richard Davis president of Tidewater sports approached the New York Mets and convinced them to relocate their triple-a Jacksonville franchise to Portsmouth with the deal done the tides became members of the elite triple-a International League and thus became that top-notch minor-league team for the up-and-coming New York Mets the excitement emanating throughout Portsmouth that the city had NAB's such a high ranking minor league franchise soon fell apart when it was announced that the tides would be moving to Norfolk for the 1970 season tied to manager Clive McCulloch guided to 1969 tied to their first league pennant and on September 5th 1969 the tides played their final game at Frank T Lawrence Stadium and thus the final professional baseball game in the City of Portsmouth the new Norfolk stadium was christened Metropolitan Park commonly known among fans as Met Park not it wasn't met park because of the Mets it was called Metropolitan Park even though everybody thinks it was called met Park because of the Mets the new home was a hit with fans with better seating up close to the action on the field and a state-of-the-art restaurant just behind home plate known as the diamond Club for years I would go to this ball park and see games and I always thought the diamond club was reserved for VIPs and you were never allowed to go in there until I found out later than anybody could go in there and eat dinner the season marked the return of professional baseball since the tars played admired Myers field some 15 years prior drew great crowds at Med Park beautiful Stadium the night in 1972 the tides won their first Governor's Cup and the this Cup was awarded to the team that won the post season playoffs the tank manager the manager Hank Bauer former New York Yankee guided the tides to a third-place finish for the season and then eliminated both the Charleston Charley's and finally the Louisville Colonels to take the coveted trophy the tides would repeat the feat in 1975 taking the Governor's Cup again under manager Joe Frazier in the late 70s found fiery and temperamental manager Frank Verdi there he is going after somebody on the field leading a clubhouse full of future major leaguers including speedster Mookie Wilson but the tide struggled and couldn't no no do no better than a third-place finish the ATS proved to be the best decade in tides history with the team capturing the Governor's Cup in 1982 with manager Jack Acker at the helm and again in 1983 so back-to-back championships for the Governor's Cup the tides and their manager Davey Johnson former Baltimore Oriole and later manager for the Mets and Nationals capped off the 83 season by doing almost the unthinkable they won the triple-a World Series by beating Portland that year so they won the Governor's Cup in 83 as well as winning the the triple-a World Series against the Pacific coast Portland team in 1985 the tides continued their victorious ways by winning their third Governor's Cup of the decade this time under the leadership of manager Bob Shafer then for 11 years straight from 79 to 91 the tides finished each season each season with a winning record as the Mets continued to funnel promising prospects to Tidewater before they went on to the Big Apple to shine at the major league level at Shea Stadium in 1993 Harbor Park opened in downtown Norfolk with the tides under new ownership headed by Florida businessman ken young the team officially that year became the Norfolk Tides instead of the Tidewater tides over 500,000 fans attended game at the new ballpark and Dave Rosenfield was named the International League executive of the year for the first fourth time in his career and then in July 8 1998 Harbor Park was the showcase of the triple-a all-star game featuring up-and-coming stars and prospects in the International and the Pacific Coast League 11,000 fans filled the park to see the international league leaguers wind 8 to 4 so in 2006 was the final year that the tides would be the triple-a franchise for the New York Mets the span of 38 years the second longest in triple-a baseball history in 2007 the tide signed a player development contract with the Baltimore Orioles of the American League and soon future Oriole prospects began to fill the roster the team kept the name tides but then switched to the Orioles colors of orange and black and then of course 2016 the tides changed the team logo to a seahorse and anchor motif that displeased many of the die-hard fans over the years despite the uproar over the change the tides reported that their merchandise merchandising sales for the team was such as jerseys hats shirts souvenirs nearly doubled from the previous year for the current 2017 2017 season the team is celebrating its 25th season now at Harbor Park so what I'd like to do next let's talk a little bit about the venues where the tides played and give you a little bit of history about those Portsmouth main ballparks since the early 1920s were two Woods stadiums High Street Park and swanny Stadium local banker in baseball pioneer Frankie Lawrence built High Rock High Street Park just outside the city limits so that he could skirt a city ordinance and does play baseball on a Sunday in 1941 the city had completed a major public works project for a new ballpark venue named Portsmouth Stadium there's a picture of it being built right there and the postcard shows where it's located there the old buildings right to the top right is the old Wilson High School the ballpark was loaded located in the Scotts Creek area a Portsmouth which was basically swampland and basically what the city did is filled in the entire area that the ballpark was going to be built with old discarded hundreds of old discarded trucks and cars to go ahead and fill the land the project cost the city about two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and was made of concrete and had a free-standing overhang that protected the fans seated behind home plate up to that point a lot of the stadiums had the pillars where you had to kind of look around to see where the see who was at bat and what was happening on the field it also featured an outfield bleacher section that was utilized to see fans for local football games it served as the home for the Portsmouth Cubs and Miramax until the end of the Piedmont in 1955 when the tides moved into the ballpark in 61 fans were greeted with programs like the one shown here was a concession prices of the day in 1961 so you can kind of see what everything costs at that point pretty interesting I think and you know it's funny Dave Rosenfield has always said that he was the one that came every year they have a turn back the clock night where hotdogs with 25 cents that's where he said he got it from from his early years in Portsmouth on may 17 1964 the tides in the City of Portsmouth rededicated Portsmouth Stadium as Frank T Lawrence stadium gives you a good shot of how the football field laid out there and things like that while the tides made Portsmouth all many legends came to visit and participate in exhibition games for local fans here legendary Negro league pitcher and Hall of Famer satchel paige conducts a lesson for some of the young tides pitchers and then in 1964 portsmouth hosted an exhibition game between the New York Mets managed here by Casey Stengel and the Baltimore Orioles skippered by Hank Bauer Bauer would come back I can return to the area in 1970 and 71 to manage the tides in 1969 with the tides now an important cog in the New York Mets farm system the parent club demanded a newer and more accommodating stadium to showcase the tides so the Mets in the City of Norfolk both contributed to the building of Metropolitan Park which opened for the 1970 season one unexpected scenario that I'm sure was not in the plan for the stadium was its close proximity to Norfolk International Airport more than a few times per game if anybody remembers this if you went to games at Met Park Jets would cross over the stadium on their descent into Norfolk which seemed to prepare those young tides for when they would play at Shea Stadium that was infamous for the roar of the Jets as they flew in and out of LaGuardia so met Park was the state-of-the-art facility in his time with seating of 6200 and a restaurant overlooking the infield from behind home plate bands were treated to modern facilities and seating in close proximity to the field now I just want to this is this is a Side Story I just want to tell I've never told this before and this is something of little Tidewater tides folklore that I think you may find interesting in 1979 I was attending Old Dominion University and I and Dave Rosenfield looked at me as a prospect okay and basically gave me a contract for the tides and a few people they don't know this it doesn't show up in the record books or anything but anyway he told me to report the first the first day of summer since I was going to school i finished i finished my classes and i show up at the ballpark and and one of the one of the managers there at the ballpark told me to go down into this certain room and get my equipment so i could go ahead and and perform my services for the team well what they did is he took me into the big room and they gave me my equipment which was a plastic tray and three cases of beer to sell out in the stands so my summer of 1979 listening to Mookie Wilson on the base path and the rest of the time I spent in the stands selling beer I mean it was it was it was a wonderful experience to tell you the truth the only the only thing I'm really disappointed about with that is that you know I'm selling beer at triple-a and I was one of the best beer sellers there I sold more beer than anybody there and I and I never got called up to che to sell beer at the big ballpark never got the call never got my cup of coffee so the tides and their fans were both impressed with the stadium and close relationships were established for a generation of tides fans the players always seemed accessible for an autograph or a quick photo for the Norfolk fans you can see that I love this one photo of the of the kids there leaning over to get those autographs over the years many sports legends came to entertain the fans at Met Park including Bob Feller pictured here with former Portsmouth Cub Harry land and of course the Clown Prince of baseball max Patton and then the Mets made their annual visit every year to visit their triple-a franchise and they brought along with them some players some key players Willie Mays ended his career with the Mets and of course hall-of-famer Tom Seaver came 1992 would be the final season for the tides of met Park shown here is Bill Luther who was instrumental in bringing a new ballpark to the city so in 1993 Harbor Park opened to much fanfare and accolades with its fan friendly design and its atmosphere it seats over 12,000 fans and is nestled along the Elizabeth River near Norfolk's downtown and then in this year Harbor Park will celebrate its 25th anniversary and continues to rank as one of the most admired and beautiful minor-league facilities in the country I was there on opening night and it was it was definitely a magical feeling to go to that ballpark and and I remember parking I think we went to waterside first and then walked from waterside to the ballpark and and the the people I was with that night and you can you can see you know under when you went under the Berkeley bridge and you could see how that whole area there on the water you could just see it how it could be developed with with shops and venues and things like that and still here we are in 2017 and they and they really haven't done anything with it I'm really surprised about that as well I think they're losing out on on not developing that area to go ahead and entice more fans to come in with that so yeah it doesn't surprise me you know life of ballparks now you know there's no such thing as Fenway's and Wrigley's anymore you know look what Atlanta just did they just tore down the stadium that was what less than 25 years old you know and built another one so everything is very disposable now and it's a great ballpark it's in a great location it does I think it does help downtown it does help you know to go ahead and stimulate people coming downtown and then with the with the tide stopping there now I think that's helping as well but triple-a fans need to understand that it's I think it's different than being a fan of a major league team where you get to know the players you really get established there at the at the triple-a level players come and go you don't they're they're gone rather quickly one day they're here the next day they're gone and so I think it's hard to establish those were those type of relationships there and I think that hurts any triple-a team is that that's always tough to go ahead and do so I think the tides are doing the best they can with making the game more than just about the players but making it a great atmosphere to come to I mean it is a great place to go eat you know the the restaurant there has great food it's a wonderful place to watch a game inside and still the concourse is wonderful and the field is just beautiful it's a great ballpark and they're going to continue I have a feeling they're going to continue to develop that and and modernize it as it goes along I don't think they're ever going to need to expand that I had seen plans where they were going to bump it to what 45,000 if they were going to get to Washington Nationals which they tried and and failed with that and it looked wonderful it could could have worked in that but our area would never would have supported a major league team is just we're a minor league city and it's great I was telling somebody in the lobby we are so fortunate to have a great historic minor-league team in our town and we should be proud of that so next let's go ahead and delve into the front office a little bit some of the movers and shakers behind the scenes with the tides from 1961 up until now pictured here in the left is the father of the tides Florida businessman William McDonald and his general manager marshal Foxx McDonald convinced the Sally league to grant in the franchise in 61 a professional baseball returned to Portsmouth after an absence of six years then Dave Rosenfield arrived as assistant general manager to marshal Fox but really he was the primary force behind the tides even that first year because marshal Fox suffered a heart attack they here and Dave had to go ahead and take on his responsibilities at the end of the 62 season the Sally League abandoned is Virginia teams like we said earlier and Rosenfield convinced the local group of investors investors to purchase the franchise for the Carolina League led by Richard Davis Tidewater professional sports would have a handle on managing the tides from the transition from Portsmouth to Norfolk and over the next decades in 1992 the New York myths decided to sell the franchise the Tampa businessman can young young wisely kept Dave Rosenfield as his general manager and was a firm backer that the team deserved a new stadium in downtown Norfolk so if we're going to talk about the tides you've got to talk about Dave Rosen field so what could be said about Dave Rosenfield bed he hasn't already said about himself he would be the first to tell you that he's an abrupt polarizing figure he could be Kurt even with wayward children at the ballpark in his 2012 memoir called baseball one hell of a life Rosen field defended his lifelong direct approach with people quote you may not like me you may like me or you may not he wrote but that's okay with me and this book probably won't change your opinion of me but I have tried to live my life with integrity and by doing what I think is the right thing Rosen field even gained notoriety outside of the baseball world when he was depicted as the owner of a minor league team in a 1990 episode of The Simpsons a co-writer of the show was the former tides play-by-play broadcaster and he wrote Rosenfield into the episode out of respect for his former boss he was a four-time international executive of the year and the 2004 king of baseball Rosen field was a tides general manager from 1963 until 2012 he's a member of the International League Hall of Fame the Hampton Roads Hall of Fame and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in August 2015 Rosen field was diagnosed with cancer and succumb to the disease in 27 2017 earlier this year despite his reputation as a grumpy old man the success of the tides was a result of his infinite knowledge of baseball his keen business sense his intense love of the game over the 50-plus years he spent guiding the franchise so let's take a quick look at some of the men that guided the tides in the dugout some of these managers would prove themselves in Norfolk and be hired next at the major league level while others spent their entire careers at the minor league level level as managers the first manager for the tides in 1961 was a gentleman called Granville Wilbur Hamner granny Hamner granny was born in Richmond he was a three-time major league all-star with his glory years with the Philadelphia Phillies chase riddle and Bob Wellman followed Hamner but it was former major league catcher clyde mccullough that brought the tide to their first league pennant in 1969 when the tides moved to met park in 1970 former New York Yankee great Hank Bauer guided the team to their first Governor's Cup in 1972 other prominent managers during that era included other former major leaguers including John Antonelli and Joe Frazier by the late 70s Frank Verdi was a fan favorite favorite and took the helm of the ties for four years before John and Jack acre came on board and brought the tides another Governor's Cup the following year 1983 former Baltimore Orioles second baseman Davey Johnson did the nearly impossible by leading the tides to another Governor's Cup and having his team crowned the champions of the toefl a World Series Davey would go on to manage the Mets and was their manager in 1986 when they won the World Series over the Boston Red Sox he would go on to manage the reds the Orioles the Dodgers and the Nationals before his retirement in 2013 following Davey Johnson was Bob Shafer who would lead the tides to their final Governor's Cup trophy in 1985 the group of managers shown here are the leaders of the tides during the Harbor Park era Clint Hurdle a former tides player managed for the first three years of the new ballpark at the major league level he's managed the Colorado Rockies and he's currently the manager the Pittsburgh Pirates John Gibbons another former tides player served as manager of the tides from 1999 to 2001 and is currently the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays both Bobby Valentine and Rick Dempsey spent time with the tides Valentine would go on to manage in the majors and in Japan and Dempsey would serve as coach with the Orioles before becoming one of their main broadcasters as at the beginning of the 2017 season Ron Johnson began its fifth season as the manager of the ties the most seasons at the helm for any type of manager in the history of the franchise so we've taken care of the managers the front office the venue's some timeline let's go ahead and look at some key players the early stars on the diamond for the tides included Ronnie Cox the Sally League MVP for 62 Sal Bettencourt and Martin Beltran all sluggers that are engulfed star honors in the league but in 1964 edy Stroud emerged as the tides first major star a speedster on this basis Stroud was known by his nickname the creeper for his deceptive move off first base and was selected the MVP of the Carolina League that same season rudy Mae was one of the most dominant pitchers in the league striking out 187 batters winning 13 games both Stroud and May found success in the major leagues after their Tides years in 1967 the tides were franchised to the Philadelphia Phillies and the team began to send many of their prospects to Tidewater such as Ron Allen and Larry Hisle hi Sylvain del 23 homers and batted 302 for the tides earning all-star status and would go on to a 14-year major league career when the Mets took over the franchise in 1969 the organization was loaded with future major leaguers and prospects the plate for the tides John Matlack pitched here from 1969 to 1971 and would later be named National League Rookie of the Year in 1972 Kent singleton war tides uniform in 1970 was called up to the Mets mid season while batting 388 and would play at the major league level for 15 years mostly with the Baltimore Orioles and art shamsky had already made a name for himself with the Mets in 68 and 69 and found himself with the tides in 69 during the short rehab stay the young talent of the future Betts was built for speed and no two players on the tides exemplified the excellence of base running more than John Milner and Mookie Wilson in 1971 Milner was playing outfield for the tides and hit 19 home runs 27 doubles 87 RBIs and stole 13 bases while batting 290 moki on the other hand first donna tides jersey in 1979 and immediately became a fan favorite with his astute base running skills defensive play and quick bad he holds the all-time tee the tied season record with 14 triples and 50 stolen bases both accomplished in 1980 other popular tides included marvel win during the 1982 and 83 seasons and Jose Oquendo in 1982 and 84 in the middle is one of tidewaters most liked players of all time was Greg Jefferies Jefferies was named minor league Player of the Year in both 86 and 87 for the Jackson Mets and at the age of 19 was called up to New York he hit impressively in six games batting 500 but with the big-league clubs outfield stocked with such Superstars as Darryl Strawberry Mookie Wilson and Lenny Dykstra Jefferies had to settle for his spot with the tides so at the beginning of the 88 season he went ahead and suited up for the ties during that time he urged his call-up to the Mets at the end of the year transitioning to third base for the Mets and batted in the press of 321 for the remainder of the season additional fan favorites and future New York Met Major Leaguers Terry blocker Steve Springer and Reggie Dobie and then during the decade of the 80s as sluggers for the tides include Clint Hurdle Darryl Strawberry and Kevin Mitchell hurdle knocked over 20 homers during both 83 and 84 seasons and Kevin Mitchell excelled with the ties in 84 and 85 before and going on to a stellar major-league career with the Mets and the Giants 21 year-old Darryl Strawberry suited up for the tides in 1983 for 16 games and batted 333 before being called up by the Mets he would serve 17 years in the majors while being named to the all-star team at the major league level eight times and earned Rookie of the Year honors the New York Mets have always been known for their premier pictures over the years and in the 1980s a bumper crop of up-and-coming hurlers made an answer themselves with the tides future major leaguers Doug Sisk and Sid Fernandez appeared with the tides in the mid 80s before being called up to New York current MLB TV analysts round darling pits for the tides in 82 and 83 and 110 games on the mound while Jesse Orosco appeared with tidewater for three seasons before entering the major leagues where he would play for 24 seasons and set an all-time major league record for pitching appearances with 1252 games two of the most heralded pitchers to come through tidewater where Mike Scott and doc Gooden Scott Scott spent four season with the ties beginning in 1977 and finally made it to the Mets but was traded early in his career to the Houston Astros where he developed his unique split fingered fastball where he earned national league siyoung award in 1986 Gooden impressed the Mets in 1983 when he won 19 games with the Lynchburg Mets and skipped over both double-a and triple-a to go directly to the New York club in 1984 doc returned the pitch for the tides in 1987 during a rehab stay and hurled in three games winning each scheme with an e ra of 2.0 then Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter finished up his career with the tides in 1989 during a five-game REE have stopped in July before he completed his career with the Mets in September and then from 1993 until 2016 the tights had an impressive array of future major leaguers that are widely known to most baseball fans including current Nationals catcher Matt Wieters Jose Reyes David Wright Angel Pagan Jake Arrieta Zach Britton and Chris Tillman so last but not least let's go ahead and revisit some of the accomplishments that the tides did over their years and I've touched on some of these but let's just review this because it's pretty impressive since their inception in 1961 the tides won the coveted triple-a World Series in 1983 five Governor's Cup signifying they were champions of the International League and they won the division pennant eight times in addition to the championships longtime general manager Dave Rosenfield was honored with the International League executive of the Year award for time awarded the Presidents Trophy for most complete franchise in 1993 won Baseball America's triple-a Bob Prieto's award in 1994 and was named in 2004 the king of baseball where minor league baseball salutes a veteran from the world of professional baseball for longtime dedication and service to the game here manager chase riddle holding a trophy holds a sally league envy tree MVP trophy that was won by Ronnie Cox who at the time of this photograph was called up to the Atlantic crackers Sal Benton Court holds the watch that he was awarded in that year and 62 as the most popular player voted by the Portsmouth fans in 1980 outfielder Mookie Wilson was awarded the trophy signifying that he was the most popular Tidewater tag for that year and in this photo Portsmouth mayor and president of the tides dick Davis presents the first of five Governor's Cup trophies won by the Tidewater franchise to the players on the field in 1975 dick Davis is again on and to present the Governor's Cup trophy to manager Davey Johnson in 83 and then the tides boards of directors pose with the triple a World Series trophy won by the tides that same year and then finally Bob Shafer celebrates with his team as the tide to capture their last Governor's Cup in 1985 so there you have it the players the coaches the venue's the accomplishments the movers and the Shakers that made the tides one of the most successful and storied franchises in the history of the minor leagues so it's been since 1961 and I perceive this franchise being here a long long time you

Notes

  1. ^ "Hamner is Given Authority as Team Captain of Phillies". Milwaukee Journal. 1952-03-18. p. 2.
  2. ^ Preston, JG. "Major league players who converted to pitching after becoming minor league managers". prestonjg.wordpress.com. Retrieved 30 January 2017.

Further reading

DeLuca, Duke (1972-04-18). "Off the Cuff". Reading Eagle. p. 30.
Kaplan, Mathew (2018-04-08). "Granny Hamner: More Than Baseball".

External links

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