Happy Reds birthday, John McNamara!
June 4, 1932
John McNamara found himself in the unenviable position of following Sparky Anderson as the Reds skipper in 1979, but performed well, leading the team to a first-place, 90-win finish. The Reds finished with the best record in the National League West in 1981 as well, but failed to make the playoffs because of a questionable decision by the powers that be to ignore full-season records due to the strike. Prior to his stint in Cincinnati, McNamara managed in Oakland and San Diego; after leaving the Reds in 1982, he later managed the Angels, Red Sox, Indians, and Angels again.