Bob Kennedy

Blessed with a strong, accurate throwing arm, Bob Kennedy was one of the first rookie prospects to come out of the newly developed White Sox farm system. The night before he signed in 1937, he was working as a popcorn vendor at Comiskey Park for the Louis-Braddock boxing match. He moved into the starting lineup in 1940, but he committed a league-leading 33 errors at third base. After missing three seasons in military service, he returned to play mostly outfield. Dealt to the Indians in June 1948, he batted .301 the rest of the way and became a member of the last World Championship Indians team. He hit a career-high .291 as their right fielder in 1950. Kennedy managed the Cubs from 1963 to early 1965, never finishing higher than seventh, and the A’s in their first year in Oakland (1968). In subsequent years he was the GM of the Cubs and Astros. His son, Terry, became a star catcher.