Edward Raymond Stanky
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Eddie Stanky, a second baseman who led the National League in runs in 1945, died on June 6, 1999 in Fairhope, Ala. from a heart attack. He was 83.
He spent 11 seasons in the major leagues, hitting .268 with 29 home runs and 364 RBI. In 1947, he drove in a career-high 53 runs and led the league with a .985 fielding percentage.
His was a member of the 1947 Dodgers, the 1948 Braves and the 1951 Giants -- all NL pennant winners.
His last season in the majors came in 1953 when he was player-manager for the Cardinals. He later was a manager for the Chicago White Sox and in 1977, he managed the Rangers for a single game. He quit the Rangers' job saying that he was homesick and missed his family.
He posted a career 467-435 record as a manager.
He also served as the baseball coach for the University of South Alabama, compiling a 488-193 record in 14 seasons. He retired in 1983 and he was elected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
Sources: Associated Press, Total Baseball