I can’t let a season go by without seeing my favorite manager of all time,
Dave Machemer, who in 2013 was at the helm of the San Francisco Giants, AA-
Eastern League, Richmond Flying Squirrels.
It took me until July 11th this season, but finally I caught up to my old
buddy at Bowie, MD. I first met Mr. Machemer back in 1986 at the old
Stockton CA stadium, where he was managing the Milwaukee Brewers Fast A –
Stockton Ports to a California State League Championship.
In the past 28 seasons since, I have seen Dave at least once a season, and
many seasons more times, helping him to weather the phenomenal 1,604 wins
of his minor league managerial career.
At Bowie this season, I had fun showing his young ball players an old postcard
HOF photographer JD McCarthy took of him in 1978 at old Tiger Stadium when
he played for the Detroit Tigers. The players couldn’t believe that Dave had
so much curley hair sticking out from beneath his cap in his younger days.
I also gave him a reprint Bowman baseball card of old Satchel Paige, whom
he has admired since he met the old HOF RHP back in Kansas City many years
With over thirty years as a manager and a player in the minors and the
win-lost record he has under his belt, let’s hope the Giants or some other
major league team gives this man a chance to coach or manage in the majors.
I’d sure love to terrorize him next time I see him at at the Nationals
Stadium or somewhere else in the Show, which is exactly where he deserves