Johnny Lane Oates
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Johnny Oates, a former Major League manager and catcher, died on Dec. 24, 2004 in Richmond, Va. following a brain tumor. He was 58.
According to reports, Oates had been diagnosed with a brain tumor three years ago.
Oates managed the Baltimore Orioles from 1991 to 1994, finishing with a 291-270 record in 561 games. In 1995, he became the manager of Texas and led the team until 2001, posting a 506-476 record in 983 games. His Rangers won the AL West in 1996, 1998 and 1999.
In 1996, he shared the honor of American League Manager of the Year with the Yankees' Joe Torre.
He resigned from the Rangers in 2001 after Texas started 11-17 despite the signing of Alex Rodriguez.
As a player, he posted a .250 career batting average in 11 seasons. He hit 14 home runs and drove in 126 runs.
He made his debut on Sept. 17, 1970 with the Baltimore Orioles. His career included Baltimore (1970, 1972), Atlanta (1973-1975), Philadelphia (1975-1976), Los Angeles (1977-1979) and the Yankees (1980-1981).
He played in the 1977 and 1978 World Series and had one hit in two at-bats.