Queen City man­agers

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Baseball -

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.

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