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George Irvin Bamberger (August 1, 1923 – April 4, 2004) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the 1951–1952 New York Giants and the 1959 Baltimore Orioles.

He was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, and broke in with the Giants on April 19, 1951. The right-hander spent most of his career in the minors, including 15 years in the Pacific Coast League; he won 213 games from 1946–1963. He never had a decision in the majors, however, and compiled a 9.42 ERA in 10 games over 14 1/3 innings.

He had a record of 458-478 as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers (1978–1980, 1985–1986) and the New York Mets (1982–1983). As Earl Weaver's pitching coach with the Orioles (1968–77), he produced 18 20-game winners, including 4 for the 1971 American League champions: Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally, and Pat Dobson.

He died of cancer at his home in North Redington Beach, Florida.

Notes

Although baseball reference books list Bamberger's birth date as August 1, 1925, his daughter, Lori, has said he was born in 1923.

Quotes

"A guy who cheats in a friendly game of cards is a cheater. A pro who throws a spitball to support his family is a competitor."

"A triple play will take you out of an inning real quick-like."

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