Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1955 Topps #98: Johnny Riddle, St. Louis Cardinals, CO

     Johnny Riddle was a catcher during his playing days for the Reds, Braves, Senators, Pirates, and White Sox between 1930-1948.  Afterwards, he took up coaching.  His first coaching job was with the Pirates from 1948-1950. 
     Riddle's time coaching for the Cardinals lasted the longest, however, from 1952-1955.  The Cardinals were going through a rough time, finishing 7th out of 8 National League teams.  Ed Stanky was replaced as Manager by Harry Walker early in the season, and afterward, the GM was fired.   
     He went on to coach for the Braves in 1956-1957 and experienced his first World Series championship as the they beat the Yankees in 1957.  Riddle coached for two more years after that--Reds in 1958 and Phillies in 1959.   

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