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Lee Constantine Elia (born July 16, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former professional baseball player and manager in Major League Baseball. He was a manager of the Chicago Cubs (1982 - 1983) and the Philadelphia Phillies (19871988). Additionally, he has served as a coach for the Phillies, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Baltimore Orioles. He is of Albanian heritage.


Playing career

Originally signed by the Phillies in 1959, Elia was sent to the Chicago White Sox organization in 1965, when he hit 29 home runs for AAA Indianapolis. In 1966, he split time at shortstop with Jerry Adair, batting .205 in 195 at-bats for the White Sox. Elia spent the rest of his playing career in the minor leagues, except for a stint as a pinch hitter for the Cubs in 1968.

Managerial career

Elia managed in the Phillies organization from 1975 through 1979. After the 1979 season, it was reported that Elia was considered for manager of the big league club, a job that eventually was kept by interim manager Dallas Green.[1] Elia received his first big-league assignment when he was hired by Green to manage the Cubs in 1982. Chicago finished in fifth place in 1982, with a 73-89 record.

Elia is often remembered for a profanity-laced tirade directed at the fans at Wrigley Field on April 29, 1983. After the Cubs suffered a one-run home loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Elia made post-game remarks to four reporters—the Chicago Tribune's Robert Marcus, the Chicago Sun-Times' Joel Behrig, the Daily Herald's Don Friske and WLS-AM's Les Grobstein (who recorded it, with then only microphone that was in the room) in which he blasted Cubs fans in the stands for booing and heckling the team:

I'll tell you one fuckin' thing - I hope we get fuckin' hotter than shit just to stuff it up them three thousand fuckin' people that show up every fuckin' day. Because if they're the real Chicago fuckin' fans, they can kiss my fuckin' ass, right Downtown, and print it! They're really, really behind you around here. My fuckin' ass! What..what the fuck am I supposed to do? Go out there and let my fuckin' players get destroyed every day? And be quiet about it? For the fuckin' nickel/dime people that show up? The motherfuckers don't even work! That's why they're out at the fuckin' game! They ought to get a fuckin' job and find out what it's like to go out and earn a fuckin' living. Eighty-five percent of the fuckin' world is working. The other fifteen come out here. A fuckin' playground for the cocksuckers. Rip them motherfuckers! Rip those country cocksuckers, like the fuckin' players! We've got guys bustin' their fuckin' asses and them fuckin' people boo...and that's the Cubs? My fuckin' ass! They talk about the great fuckin' support that the players get around here, I haven't seen it this fuckin' year! [1]

At that time, games at Wrigley Field were only held during the afternoon, as the stadium did not yet have lights; the team had a record of 5-14.

Elia continued to lead the Cubs until being fired on August 21, and was replaced by Charlie Fox, with the Cubs again in fifth, with a 54-69 mark. Ironically, Elia had been one of several Phillies' personnel brought to Chicago when Green was named Cubs general manager.

Elia got another chance to manage in the major leagues when he took over his old club, the Phillies, in 1987. After leading the team for parts of two seasons, he was fired in late 1988, with Philadelphia in last place with a 60-92 record.

Elia continued to lead Phillies minor-league teams, leading Clearwater to a Florida State League pennant in 1991 and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons to a International League division title the following year.

Most recently, Elia held three different coaching jobs with the Seattle Mariners during the 2008 season. During the 2007–08 offseason, he was named "special assistant to the manager" by then-manager John McLaren. He was then moved into the hitting coach position on June 9, 2008 upon the dismissal of Jeff Pentland. Less than two weeks later, with the dismissal of McLaren, he was promoted to bench coach, a position he held for the remainder of the 2008 season (Elia held the same position with the Mariners from 1993-1997). Elia was dismissed by the Mariners after the 2008 season. On January 25, 2009, the Los Angeles Dodgers hired him as a special assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti.


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Preceded by
Joey Amalfitano
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Charlie Fox
Preceded by
John Felske
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
John Vukovich
Preceded by
Tom Trebelhorn
Baltimore Orioles Bench Coach
Succeeded by
Tom Trebelhorn
Preceded by
Jeff Pentland
Seattle Mariners Hitting Coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jim Riggleman
Seattle Mariners Bench Coach
Succeeded by
Ty Van Burkleo


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From Wikiquote

Lee Elia was the manager of the Chicago Cubs for the 1982 season and part of the 1983 season.


  • We got all these so-called fuckin’ fans that come out here and say they're Cub fans, that are supposed to be behind you, rippin' every fuckin' thing you do.
  • Eighty-five percent of the fuckin' world's working. The other fifteen come out here. A fuckin' playground for the cock suckers.
  • We got guys bustin' their fuckin' ass, and them fuckin' people boo. And that's the Cubs? My fuckin' ass! They talk about the great fuckin' support that the players get around here. I haven't see it this fuckin' year.
  • The name of the game is hit the ball, catch the ball, and get the fuckin' job done. Every time we lose a fuckin' close game, it's magnified: why did this guy bunted and that guy pop up or this guy throw a wild pitch. That's baseball, fellas. That's gonna happen. That's how runs are scored.
  • Anybody who was associated with the Cub organization four or five years ago that came back and sees the multitude of progress that's been made will understand that if they're baseball people, that 5 and 14 doesn't negate all that work. We got 143 fuckin' games left.
  • What I'm tryin' to say is don't rip them fuckin' guys out there. Rip me! If you wanna rip somebody, rip my fuckin' ass. But don't rip them fuckin' guys 'cause they're givin' everything they can give.

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