Queen City managers
Mike Shildt isn’t the first Charlotte native to manage a big-league team:
Grady Little: A Garinger High grad, Little managed the Boston Red Sox (2002-03) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-07). He had a long career as a minor league manager, including for his hometown Charlotte O’s in 1983-84.
Tommy Helms: Better known as a solid player out of West Mecklenburg High who had a .267 lifetime batting average during a 14-year career in the big leagues, Helms had two brief stints as the Cincinnati Reds’ manager in 1988 and ’89. Helms replaced Pete Rose in 1988 when Rose was suspended for 27 games for pushing an umpire. Helms again replaced Rose for the final 37 games of the 1989 season after Rose was placed on baseball’s ineligible list for gambling on baseball. Helms also managed the Charlotte Knights in 1990.