Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happy birthday to Sweet Lou Piniella

The last man to lead Cincinnati to a World Series title is celebrating his 69th birthday today. That man is none other than retired MLB player and manager Lou Piniella.

In his first season as manager of the Reds in 1990, "Sweet Lou" led the club to a 91-71 regular season record and a sweep of the heavily-favored Oakland A's in the World Series. He would go on to manage the Reds for two more seasons before taking over the reins of the Seattle Mariners in 1993. He compiled a 255-231 record in his tenure as skipper in the Queen City.

He would then proceed to manage Seattle for 10 years, Tampa Bay for three, and the Chicago Cubs for four before calling it quits in 2010.

His 1,835 career managerial wins rank 14th on the all-time list.

The Florida native spent 18 years in the big leagues as a player, most of which came with the New York Yankees. He won AL Rookie of the Year honors with Kansas City in 1969 and was named an All-Star for the only time in his career in 1972. He won four league pennants and two world championships (77-78) as a member of the Yanks.

However, the 1990 campaign remains the only time he ever won a pennant or a World Series ring as a manager. And for that, they will always love you in Cincinnati, Lou.

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