Len Okrie

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Len Okrie
Catcher
Born: (1923-07-16) July 16, 1923 (age 91)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 16, 1948 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
April 16, 1952 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .218
Hits 17
Runs batted in 3
Teams

Leonard Joseph Okrie (born July 16, 1923) is a retired American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Okrie stood 6'2" (188 cm) tall, weighed 185 pounds (84 kg), and batted and threw right-handed.

Okrie's playing career stretched from 1942 through 1957, with three seasons (1943–1945) missed due to World War II service in the United States Navy.[1] Drafted by the Washington Senators out of the Chicago Cubs farm system in November 1947, Okrie would spend only one full season (1950) in the Major Leagues as Washington's third-string catcher (behind Al Evans and Mickey Grasso). He spent parts of the 1948 and 1951 campaigns with Washington, and appeared in one game for the 1952 Boston Red Sox. Overall, Okrie appeared in 42 games, with 78 at bats, 17 hits, no home runs, three runs batted in, and a .218 batting average.

He managed in the Boston farm system from 1954–1960 and in 1963, and was the Red Sox' Major League bullpen coach in 1961–1962 and 1965–1966. He then joined his hometown Detroit Tigers as a minor league manager (1967–1969; 1971–1974) and MLB bullpen coach (1970). His career record as a minor league manager was 912 wins, and 1,013 defeats (.474). Okrie won one league pennant, in the Appalachian League during his maiden season as a skipper.

His father, Frank, a left-handed pitcher, appeared in 21 games for the 1920 Tigers and two brothers played minor league baseball.

References[edit]

  • Johnson, Lloyd and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007.
  • Spink, C.C. Johnson, ed., The 1965 Baseball Register, The 1966 Baseball Register, The 1970 Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News.

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Preceded by
n/a
Al Lakeman
Boston Red Sox Bullpen Coach
1961–1962
1965–1966
Succeeded by
Al Lakeman
Al Lakeman
Preceded by
Hal Naragon
Detroit Tigers Bullpen Coach
1970
Succeeded by
Charlie Silvera