Born: August 26, 1925|
Brooklyn, New York
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Last MLB appearance
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|Runs batted in||14|
William Lester DeMars (born August 26, 1925, at Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American shortstop and coach in Major League Baseball. He threw and batted right-handed, stood Script error: No such module "convert". tall and weighed Script error: No such module "convert". during his playing career.
Originally signed by his hometown Brooklyn Dodgers during the Second World War, DeMars was selected by the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1947 rule 5 draft after batting .328 with 88 runs batted in for the Class B Asheville Tourists of the Tri-State League – DeMars' best overall season in professional baseball. He played 80 major league games over three seasons (
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On May 25, 1958, DeMars began an 11-year minor league managerial career in the Baltimore Orioles' farm system with the Class C Aberdeen Pheasants of the Northern League, who had lost 23 of their first 25 games. While the Pheasants continued to flounder under DeMars, winning only 37 of 100 games, the improved performance earned DeMars an invitation to return to the Orioles' system with the Class C Stockton Ports of the California League in 1959, where he posted a winning record. He managed in the Baltimore organization through 1968 — working alongside future Major League managers such as Earl Weaver, Joe Altobelli, Darrell Johnson, Jim Frey, Clyde King, Cal Ripken, Sr., and Billy Hunter. He succeeded Weaver as pilot of the AAA Rochester Red Wings in 1968, and led the Red Wings into the playoffs. Overall, his managing record was 711 wins, 729 losses (.493) with one championship, won with the Class A Fox Cities Foxes of the Midwest League in 1964.
DeMars began a 19-year Major League coaching career with the
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- Bill Conlin (2010-11-05). "Considering gray area in Phillies' search for Lopes replacement". Philadelphia Daily News.
- Douchant, Mike, and Marcin, Joe, eds., The 1976 Official Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News, 1976.