- Fred Koenig
Fred Carl Koenig (
April 27, 1931-- January 12, 1993) was an American first basemanand manager in minor league baseballand a coach and farm systemdirector at the Major League level. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Koenig threw and batted right-handed and stood 6'3" (190 cm) and weighed 210 pounds (95 kg) in his playing days. He graduated from St. Louis' Central High School and attended the University of Illinois.
Koenig's baseball career began in 1951 with his hometown
St. Louis Cardinalsas a member of the Hamilton Cardinalsof the Class D PONY League. His career as a first baseman continued through 1961, but Koenig spent most of his career at the Class AA level, reaching Class AAA in 1959 for only 16 games and 49 at batswith the Omaha Cardinalsof the American Association. In his best minor league campaign, with the 1954 Allentown Cardinalsof the Class A Eastern League, Koenig batted .287 with 11 home runsand 83 runs batted inin 484 at-bats. He also led the league's first basemen in putoutsand double playsand was selected to the Eastern League all-star team.
He became a manager in the Cardinal
farm systemin 1962, with the Winnipeg Goldeyesof the Class C Northern League. Switching to the California Angels organization in 1965, he managed at the Rookie and Class A levels and won the 1968 Midwest Leaguechampionship at the helm of the Quad Cities Angels. Koenig then came to the major leagues as a coach for Angel skipper Lefty Phillipsfor 1970-71.
After Phillips' firing in Anaheim at the close of by|1971, Koenig returned to the Cardinals for two seasons as a minor league manager, sandwiched around two seasons (1973-74) as the Redbirds' director of player development. He then was a major league coach for the Cardinals (by|1976), Texas Rangers (1977-82),
Chicago Cubs(by|1983), and Cleveland Indians(by|1986). Koenig later worked in the Atlanta Bravesfarm system as a roving coach and manager at the Rookie level. He died in Wagoner, Oklahoma, at age 61.
* "1983 Chicago Cubs Organizational Record Book." St. Petersburg, FL: The Baseball Blue Book, 1983.
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