Happy Reds birthday, Russ Nixon!
February 19, 1935
Russ Nixon enjoyed a 12-year playing career with the Indians, Red Sox, and Twins. He began his managerial career in the lower levels of the Reds’ farm system in 1970, and worked his way up to a coaching job at the major league level under Sparky Anderson in 1976. He took the managerial position in 1982 after John McNamara was fired, but only stayed with Cincinnati through the end of the 1983 season. He went on to coach for the Expos, manage the Braves, and coach for the Mariners at the major league level. He also spent many years instructing minor leaguers. In all, Nixon spent 55 years as a player, coach, or manager in pro ball.