George Robert Tebbetts
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"Birdie" Tebbetts, who spent a long career in the major leagues as a player, manager and scout, died on March 24, 1999 in Brandenton, Fla. He was 86.
Tebbetts spent 14 years as a catcher, 11 as a manager and 28 as a major league scout. He debuted with the Tigers in 1936 and played until 1947 with the exception of three years that he served in World War II.
As a player, he hit .270 in 1,162 games and was named to four All-Star teams.
He also earned a reputation for speaking his mind and during the 1950 season, he referred to some of his Red Sox teammates as ""moronic malcontents" and "juvenile delinquents." He was traded to Cleveland after that season.
He served as a scout for the Reds and earned a reputation for his frank assessments. The Reds general manager liked his style and made him the team's manager.
He managed the Reds (1954-58), Braves (1961-62) and Indians (1963-66) and finished with a 749-705 record. He suffered a heart attack that brought an end to his managing career in 1965.
He served as a major league scout for several teams from 1968 to 1994.
A heart attack in 1965 hastened the end of his managing career, and from 1968 to 1994 he scouted for several major league teams.
"There ought to be a second-string or Junior Hall of Fame for guys like me," he was quoted as saying in a wire report. "I had a lifetime average of .270 and I'm proud of it. "
He graduated from Providence College in 1934 with a degree in philosphy.