Longtime manager Mauch dies

By Times wire
Published August 9, 2005

LOS ANGELES - Gene Mauch , the Little General who managed the Angels, Phillies and Expos to 1,901 wins, died Monday at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. He was 79.

A big-league skipper for 26 years, Mr. Mauch was named NL manager of the year three times. He ranks sixth in history with 3,938 games managed and 11th in wins.

Mr. Mauch was perhaps most famous for his teams' collapses. He was manager of the Phillies in 1964 when they led the NL by 61/2 games with 12 games left but lost 10 in a row and lost the pennant to the Cardinals.

He managed the Angels in 1986 when they were within one out of advancing to the World Series before blowing a three-run lead to Boston in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Red Sox won that game and two more to win the pennant.

Mr. Mauch also managed the 1982 Angels, who won the first two games in the best-of-five ALCS against Milwaukee before losing the final three.

"I don't think history will be as fair to him as it should be," said Tim Mead , the Angels' vice president of communications and a member of the organization since 1979. "He was brilliant. Gene Mauch could put together a game just by looking at the box score."

Rod Carew , who played for Mr. Mauch in Minnesota and Anaheim, called the manager "my favorite man."

"He's always been a special guy to me. He's the best I've ever played for, well ahead of anyone else," the Hall of Famer said.

CARDINALS: Right-hander Anthony Reyes , the team's top pitching prospect, will make his major-league debut tonight at Milwaukee in a spot start.

RED SOX: Closer Keith Foulke threw in the bullpen for the first time since knee surgery but isn't close to coming off the disabled list. The right-hander plans to throw again Wednesday and Friday.

YANKEES: An MRI exam on left-hander Randy Johnson showed inflammation of the lumbar spine. He remains day to day and is scheduled to be re-evaluated today. Right-hander Carl Pavano was scheduled for two days of tests on his ailing pitching shoulder with Dr. James Andrews in Alabama.