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Joe Schultz
Born: August 29, 1918(1918-08-29)
Chicago, Illinois
Died: January 10, 1996 (aged 77)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 27, 1939 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 1948 for the St. Louis Browns
Career statistics
Batting average     .259
Home runs     1
Runs batted in     46

As player

As coach

As manager

Joseph Charles Schultz, Jr. (August 29, 1918 — January 10, 1996) was an American catcher, coach and manager in Major League Baseball.[1] Schultz was the first manager for the Milwaukee Brewers franchise, and the only manager during their lone season as the Seattle Pilots.[2] Seattle had entered the American League as an expansion franchise in 1969, and moved to Milwaukee the following season.[3]


Playing career

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of a major league baseball player — Joe (Germany) Schultz, an outfielder who played for seven of the eight National League clubs (1912-1916; 1919-25) and who later became a manager in the St. Louis Cardinals' extensive farm system. Joe Jr. had a distinguished prep career at St. Louis University High School and signed his first contract with the Redbirds, but was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates where his father had become minor league director. After appearing in only 22 games for Pittsburgh between 1939-41, Schultz made his way back to St. Louis with the Browns of the American League, where he spent six seasons (1943-48) as a backup catcher and pinch hitter. In 328 major-league at bats over all or parts of nine MLB seasons, Schultz batted .259 with one home run.

Coaching career

In 1949, Schultz served as a coach with the Browns, and then managed in the minor leagues from 1950-62, returning to the Cardinals' organization in 1958. He became a Cardinals coach in 1963 and worked with three National League pennant winners (1964, 1967 and 1968), and two world championship clubs (1964, 1967) through 1968.

Schultz also served as a third-base coach for the Kansas City Royals in 1970 and the Detroit Tigers from 1971-76.

Seattle Pilots

The success of the Cardinals led to Schultz's 1969 opportunity with the Pilots. Although they were badly outdrafted by its fellow expansion team, the Kansas City Royals, during the player selection lottery, Schultz and general manager Marvin Milkes actually thought the Pilots would finish third in the newly formed American League West. However, they finished in last place in the new West, with a mark of 64-98 (.395).

However, it can be argued that Schultz's efforts were hamstrung by the Pilots' off-the-field problems. They played at a former minor league park, Sick's Stadium, that was clearly inadequate even as a temporary facility. The Pilots were also plagued by an unstable, undercapitalized ownership; they were nearly broke by the end of the season.

Schultz was replaced as manager by Dave Bristol as the team struggled in limbo during the 1969-70 offseason. Only weeks before the 1970 season opener, the Pilots were purchased by a group headed by Bud Selig and transferred to Milwaukee, where they have remained since.

He coached with the Royals (1970) and the Detroit Tigers (1971-76) before leaving baseball. He compiled a 14-14 mark as acting manager of the 1973 Tigers, replacing the fired Billy Martin, giving him a career record of 78-112 (.411) as a major league skipper. Apart from that assignment, Schultz never managed in the majors again after the Pilots collapsed.


Portrayal in Ball Four

His career may not have been helped by an unflattering portrayal of him in Ball Four, the controversial memoir of the 1969 season by Seattle pitcher Jim Bouton that was released in 1970. Bouton tells humorous anecdotes about Schultz and some of the motivational speeches he gave to the Pilots. According to Bouton, Schultz's speeches were heavily laced with profanity, even by (such as "shitfuck"). The author claims that Schultz was well liked by his team, but some of his choices were questioned by the players. In a later anthology on managers Bouton edited, I Managed Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad, however, Bouton noted Schultz's sense of humor and added that, given the circumstances of the last-place team, "I couldn't have had a better manager than Joe Schultz."


Schultz died in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 77, and is interred at the Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.[1]

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Preceded by
First Manager
Seattle Pilots Manager
Succeeded by
Dave Bristol
Preceded by
Billy Martin
Detroit Tigers Manager
Succeeded by
Ralph Houk


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