Stanky Refuses Job as Cards Scout: Free to Negotiate with Other Teams, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-15


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Stanky Refuses Job as Cards Scout Free to Negotiate With Other Teams Former Pilot of Redbirds Hopes to Land Another Job With Club in Major Leagues PAIRHOPE, Ala., June 14 UP.— Eddie Stanky, fired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, turned down a job as a scout in the clubs organization today and received permission to negotiate for a post with another major league team. At the same time, general manager Dick Meyer of the Cards, left the scouting job open for the fiery little Stanky, if he were unsuccessful in making a connection with another club. "I want to stay in the majors," said Stanky at his home near Mobile. "I know .1 could do some club a good job as a coach or in some other capacity. Ive had several minor league offers. But I want a major league job." The 37-year-old Stanky, replaced as Cards manager by Harry "The Hat" Walker on May 28, stressed that the decision permitting him to seek a job with another team was reached by mutual agreement with the Cardinals front office. "Our relations have been very, very friendly," Stanky emphasized. Could Be Sort of Super Scout In St. Louis, Meyer said that if Stanky could not sign with another team, he would serve the Cardinals as a sort of "super-scout," sizing up minor league players in and out of the St. Louis organization, and making recommendations. Stankys estimated 0,000 a year contract with the Cards runs through the 1956 season and he must be paid in .full during its tenure. However, should he sigh with another team, it is likely the Cards would make up the difference between his new contract arid his old St. Louis pact. Stanky said he might have considered a job as a major league scout, but did not care for a minor league assignment. He added he had not yet heard from any major league teams. Under baseballs "anti-tampering" laws, another club would have to have the Cards permission in order to" negotiate with him. Since he was relieved of his managerial job, Stanky has spent the past few weeks relaxing at his home with his wife and four children. "I already miss jawing with the umpires," he quipped. One of the most fiery competitors of his playing days, Stanky sparked the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves and New York Giants to National League pennants during his 11-year major league career. After participating in the Giants 1951 "miracle finish," Stanky was hired to manage the Cards the following season. The Cards finished third in 1952 and 1953, but dropped to sixth in 54. Owner August Busch of the Cards replaced him May 28 with the club in fourth place. At the. time of Stankys dismissal, there was speculation that he might return to New York, where he was so popular. However, a Giants official said today that the Giants have a full complement of coaches and managers in their minor league system, and had no openings for him at the present time.

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