Edo Vanni

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Edo Vanni
Born April 2, 1918
Died April 30, 2007(2007-04-30) (aged 89)
Bellevue, Washington
Nationality American
Other names Edo Joe Vanni
Occupation Baseball player, coach, manager

Edo Joe Vanni (April 2, 1918 — April 30, 2007) was an American player, coach, manager and front office executive in minor league baseball. A lifelong resident of the Seattle area, he was called "the face of Seattle baseball" upon his death, at 89, of heart failure in Bellevue, Washington, on April 30, 2007.[1]

Career[edit]

Vanni attended Seattle's Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington (where he played freshman football) before beginning his professional playing career as an outfielder with the 1938 Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League.[2] He was an integral player of their pennant-winning teams of 1939–41.[2][3] During World War II, Vanni was stationed at the Pasco (Wash.) Naval Air Station, where he managed the station's baseball team, called the Flyers.[4] Vanni played 11 seasons for the Rainiers, worked in their front office, and managed them in 1964 when they were the top affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.[2]

He also played and managed in the Class A Western International League with the Vancouver Capilanos (1952) and the Kennewick-based Tri-City Braves (1953–54) and the Class B Northwest League, the WIL's successor, with the Wenatchee Chiefs (1955–56).

After he hung up his uniform, he was the general manager of the AAA Seattle Angels (1965–68), and worked in the front office as director of group ticket sales for the Seattle Pilots during their lone American League season, 1969.[2][5] The Seattle Mariners gave him a lifetime pass to their stadium, and his own parking space.[2][6]

Seattle baseball historian Dave Eskenazi called him: "the dean of Seattle baseball."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Seattle Times, May 10, 2007
  2. ^ a b c d e The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists. Basic Civitas Books. April 4, 1994. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rain check: baseball in the Pacific Northwest. Society for American Baseball Research. 2006. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ The Sky-Writer, Pasco NAS, June 1, 1943, Swabbin' the Deck column, by Jack Gordon, page 6
  5. ^ Great American Beers: Twelve Brands That Became Icons. MBI Publishing Company. 2004. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Stone, Larry (February 13, 2005). "Edo Vanni is the dean of Seattle baseball". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  • Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 1997 edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America.
  • The Seattle Times, Loss of Vanni Leaves Void in Seattle, May 10, 2007.

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Preceded by
Mel Parnell
Seattle Rainiers manager
1964
Succeeded by
Bob Lemon
(Seattle Angels)