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Vern Benson (1924-2014): Broke into majors with Philly A's in 1943

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  • Vern Benson (1924-2014): Broke into majors with Philly A's in 1943

    Thirdbaseman/Outfielder, Vern Benson a former Philadelphia Athletic and St. Louis Cardinal died earlier his week at age 89. Benson passed away on Monday, January 20. He was a AAA league star, but only had five cups of coffee in the majors (with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1943 & 1946, and with the Cardinals in 1951, 1952 and 1953). Benson never played more than 20 games in a season in the majors and barely topped 100 MLB at-bats. His time as a rookie, just shy of his 19th birthday with the 1943 Phila, A's was short-lived as he was soon drafted into military service and missed the remainder of the 1943 season and all of the 1944 & 1945 seasons while serving in the armed forces during World War Two. Benson returned to the Athletics briefly in the first post-war season of 1946, but then spent the next four full seasons in the minors before getting a chance with the Cardinals in 1951.
    Benson is much better known as a major leagues coach and minor leagues manager. He skippered three minor league teams to their league championships and was a coach on five major league teams, including the 1964 World Champion, St. Louis Cardinals, where he served as manager Johnny Keane's right hand man. He won the only game he managed in the majors as interim manager for the Atlanta Braves in 1977.

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    I'm sorry to hear this. I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Benson once; he was a good man.

    There can't be many men left who played for Mr. Mack.

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