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September 24, 1988
The Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Lee Elia Friday and named coach John Vukovich as interim manager for the rest of the season. General Manager Lee Thomas said that next year's manager will come from outside the organization and will be named as quickly as possible after the end of this season. Elia was hired on June 18, 1987, replacing John Felske. The Phillies are in the National League East cellar and have lost 33 of their last 47 games.
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March 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Vukovich, 59, the longest-serving coach in Philadelphia Phillies history and a member of their only World Series championship team -- in 1980 -- died Thursday in a Philadelphia-area hospital, the team said in a statement. He had been suffering from complications caused by an inoperable brain tumor. Vukovich, who spent the last 19 years with the Phillies, was an interim manager for the team in 1988 and for the Chicago Cubs in 1986.
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July 15, 1986
Chicago Cub coach John Vukovich, who served as the team's interim manager between Jim Frey and Gene Michael, recently went to Dr. Frank Jobe for an examination. "He checked me out, moved my elbow around and then told me what I should do," Vukovich told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "He said I should restrict my throwing on the side and throw only hard in games. "It was then that I realized that he thought I was Pete Vuckovich. That told me how famous I was."
SPORTS
September 24, 1988
The Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Lee Elia Friday and named coach John Vukovich as interim manager for the rest of the season. General Manager Lee Thomas said that next year's manager will come from outside the organization and will be named as quickly as possible after the end of this season. Elia was hired on June 18, 1987, replacing John Felske. The Phillies are in the National League East cellar and have lost 33 of their last 47 games.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Vukovich, 59, the longest-serving coach in Philadelphia Phillies history and a member of their only World Series championship team -- in 1980 -- died Thursday in a Philadelphia-area hospital, the team said in a statement. He had been suffering from complications caused by an inoperable brain tumor. Vukovich, who spent the last 19 years with the Phillies, was an interim manager for the team in 1988 and for the Chicago Cubs in 1986.
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September 23, 1988 | Associated Press
The Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Lee Elia today and named coach John Vukovich as interim manager for the remainder of the season. General manager Lee Thomas said next year's manager will come from outside the Phillies organization. Elia was hired on June 18, 1987, replacing John Felske. The Phillies are last in the National League East with a 60-92 record and have lost 33 of their last 47 games.
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October 24, 1993 | ROSS NEWHAN
On Fregosi's managerial award, bench coach John Vukovich said one thing stood out. "The more success we had as a team, the further he went into the background, and I don't think many people would do that," Vukovich said. "People don't pay much attention to this, but in spring training he handled our pitching differently than anyone I've ever seen. "He kept them on schedule, but he kept their innings down early.
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June 14, 1986
Gene Michael, once part of George Steinbrenner's revolving-door manager policy with the New York Yankees, was named manager of the Chicago Cubs Friday. Michael, the Yankees' third base coach the last two years, will take over for Jim Frey, who was fired Thursday. John Vukovich managed the Cubs during Friday's doubleheader split with St. Louis. "He's been through pennant races and he's managed a club that was always under the media spotlight," said Dallas Green, Cub president and general manager.
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September 4, 1990
Lee MacPhail, former American League president, said Commissioner Fay Vincent should have stayed out of the dispute between National League President Bill White and the league's umpires. "In on-field matters of this nature, the league president has full and complete authority," MacPhail was quoted as saying in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "The commissioner should have said, 'I support Bill White 1,000% in this case,' and left it at that."
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July 15, 1986
Chicago Cub coach John Vukovich, who served as the team's interim manager between Jim Frey and Gene Michael, recently went to Dr. Frank Jobe for an examination. "He checked me out, moved my elbow around and then told me what I should do," Vukovich told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "He said I should restrict my throwing on the side and throw only hard in games. "It was then that I realized that he thought I was Pete Vuckovich. That told me how famous I was."
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October 11, 2000 | From Associated Press
Jim Fregosi was fired Tuesday as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays after two seasons of third-place finishes. The decision came after a season in which the Blue Jays finished 83-79. Fregosi's contract expired at the end of the season. "The contract of manager Jim Fregosi will not be renewed," the team said in a statement. General Manager Gord Ash, who received a three-year contract extension from CEO Paul Godfrey, was in Florida to meet with Fregosi.
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June 29, 1988 | Associated Press
For the second straight day Tuesday, Shawon Dunston came through for the Chicago Cubs, this time with a two-out bases-loaded single off Steve Bedrosian to cap a four run rally and earn the Cubs a 6-4 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies. On Monday, Dunston hit a two-run homer to beat Philadelphia, and he has hit in 18 of 19 games. The Cubs now have won four straight and 10 of their last 13 games. "I made up my mind to swing at Bedrosian's first pitch no matter where it was," Dunston said.
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