Full Name: Gene William Lamont
Height: 6'1" Weight: 195 lbs.
Born: December 25, 1946 in Rockford, IL
Major League Career: 1970 to 1975
Managerial Debut: April 1992
AL Manager of the Year in 1993
|1993||CHI-A||162||94||68||0.580||92.3||1.7||1 West Lost ALCS 2-4 TOR|
|1994||CHI-A||113||67||46||0.593||69.3||-2.3||1 Central No ALCS or WS|
The rag-tag bunch of rookies Gene Lamont inherited from legendary Pirates manager Jim Leyland in 1997 were widely expected to finish last in the NL Central. Unexpectedly, Lamont's squad went 79-83 and nearly stole the division crown from the Houston Astros in the last week of the season.
Lamont was no stranger to splashy debuts. He homered off of Cal Koonce of the Red Sox in his first Major-League at-bat for the Tigers in 1970. But after his auspicious big-league debut Lamont managed just three more homers and 14 RBIs over the next five years, only appearing in 87 major-league games.
Lamont joined the Royals' organization after retiring as a player in 1977, managing their Single-A Fort Myers club for two years and Double-A Jacksonville for four, finishing first in 1982 (when he was named the Southern League's Manager of the Year) and 1983.After two seasons in Omaha he joined the Pirates' new manager, Jim Leyland, as Pittsburgh's third base coach in 1986.
When manager Jeff Torborg left the White Sox to take the same position with the Mets in 1992, Chicago hired Lamont. The White Sox won 94 games in 1993 and finished first in the AL West for the first time since 1983. Lamont won AL Manager of the Year honors for his efforts.
After a slow start in 1995, Chicago replaced Lamont with Terry Bevington. Lamont headed back to Pittsburgh to take a coaching job with the Pirates. Lamont took the managing reigns from Jim Leyland in 1997 and finished as the runner up for the Manager of the Year Award in 1998.
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