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He has led teams in the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox organizations, and managed the independent Brockton Rox. Most recently, he managed the independent Ottawa Rapidz of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball.
Nottle signed his first professional contract in 1959 with a team in Pensacola, Florida. Following a stellar season at Pensacola, Nottle began a 10-year run with the Chicago White Sox organization. In 1963, he was assigned to the White Sox major league roster but never played due to an arm injury. He finished his playing career in 1970.
In 1972, Nottle received his first coaching job and became a manager in 1978 when the Athletics hired him to manage a Northwest League team. In 1981 while managing the Athletics Triple A team in Tacoma, his team reached the Pacific Coast League finals and Nottle was named Minor League Manager-of-the-Year by Baseball America. During the 1983 season, he served as a coach on the Oakland A's major league staff. Within the same year Nottle showcased his singing talent by recording the album To Baseball with Love on his private label Nott's Landing Records.
In 1985, Nottle moved on to the Boston Red Sox organization and managed their Double A affiliate, the New Britain Red Sox, for one season and their Triple A team, the Pawtucket Red Sox, for 4 ½ years. Nottle led New Britain to the playoffs once and twice took Pawtucket to the postseason. He was named International League Manager of the Year in 1987 and managed the American League affiliates in the inaugural Triple A All-Star Classic in Buffalo in 1988.
Nottle managed the inaugural season with the Sioux City Explorers of the Northern League in 1993 and stayed with them through the 2000 season. In his eight seasons, he amassed a regular-season record of 343 wins and 318 losses and made the playoffs in 1994 and 1999. Nottle managed the Duluth–Superior Dukes for one season before moving on to the Brockton Rox of the then-Northern League East in 2002. With the Rox, he compiled a 187–175 record and won a championship in 2003. For the 2006 season, Nottle returned to his old post as the Explorer's manager in their inaugural year in the American Association.
Nottle returned to the former Northeast (now Can-Am League) in 2008 as he became the first manager of the expansion Ottawa Rapidz, but after a very poor start to the season, followed by a hot streak that came when Nottle left the team briefly to visit his sick wife, the team's management fired him on July 31, 2008.
In 2010, in Nottle's 50th year in professional baseball, he served as pitching and third base coach on Chris Carminucci's staff with the Brockton Rox of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball. Nottle helped guide the Rox to the second-best overall record in the league, and another playoff appearance.
"Singin Ed", as they[who?] call him, is famous for his charitable work both in the U.S. and Canada. He has raised over several million dollars for various charities (mainly focused on children).
There is talk of a movie of Ed Nottle's life, called the 26th Man. It was supposed to be in production in late 2007, but the financial capital never materialized to finance the project. The screenplay is ready to go, and waiting for a new production company to come in for the movie.
- "Nottle excited about opener". The Bulletin. 14 June 1978. p. 12. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "Ed Nottle suddenly has to find something to do other than baseball » Evansville Courier & Press". 2012-04-25. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
|Pawtucket Red Sox manager
1986 – June 1990
|Ottawa Rapidz manager