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George Irvin Bamberger
Born: Aug. 1, 1925 in Staten Island, N.Y.
Died: April 4, 2004 in North Redington Beach, Fla.
Debut: 1951 | Pos: P
H: 6′ | W: 175 | B: R | T: R

YR

W

L

G

SV

IP

SO

ERA

3

0

0

10

1

14.1

3

9.42

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George Bamberger, a former major league pitcher, coach and manager, died on April 4, 2004 in North Redington Beach, Fla. He had been battling cancer. He was 78.

He made his debut as a pitcher in 1951 with the New York Giants. He pitched for the Giants again in 1952 and then for Baltimore in 1959. He pitched briefly in the majors, but, according to his obituary, he won 213 games in the minor leagues from 1946 to 1963.

From 1968 to 1977, he was the pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles and developed a staff that including Jim Palmer and Mike Cuellar. Orioles pitchers won four AL Cy Young Awards during that time and the team had pitchers record 20 or more wins 18 times.

In 1977, he was hired by the Brewers to serve as manager and, in 1978, led the team to a 93-69 record. In 1979, the Brewers finished 95-66. In 1980, he managed just 92 games while battling a heart problem that required surgery.

He returned to managing in 1982, leading the Mets that season and into 1983. He managed for the Brewers again in 1985 and 1986.

In his managing career, he posted a 458-478 record.