Happy Reds birthday, Sam Perlozzo!
March 4, 1951
Sam Perlozzo shares his 1978 rookie card with Garth Iorg, Dave Oliver, and should-be Hall of Famer Lou Whitaker, but his big league playing career lasted only twelve game; ten for the Twins in 1977 and two for the Padres in 1979. Not much later, however, he found himself in the dugout managing for the Little Falls Mets in 1982. He climbed through the Mets minor league managerial system, managing Lynchburg (1983), Jackson (1984-85), and Tidewater (1986). In 1987, he found himself coaching along the third base line for the New York Mets, a position he held through 1989. He joined the Reds in the same capacity in 1990 and stayed through 1992. He went from the Reds to the Mariners, then to the Orioles, and after ten years as the third base coach and bench coach, he was named the skipper for the Baltimore club in 2005.