Monday, September 8, 2008

Don Gutteridge Dies

Don Gutteridge, who managed the Chicago White Sox in 1969-70, died Sunday, September 7, 2008 at his home. He was 96.

Gutteridge took over as manager of the White Sox in May 1969 and posted a 109-172 record in his one-plus seasons. He had a 12-year playing career as an infielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates, then spent another 12 years as Chicago's first base coach (1955-66).

As a second baseman with the Browns in 1944, Gutteridge took part in a then-record five double plays in one game during the team's only World Series appearance.

A member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Gutteridge was the oldest living former manager or coach in Major League Baseball at the time of his death.

After managing the White Sox, he served as scout for the Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers before finally retiring from baseball in 1992.

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