KENNEDY TABBED MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Veteran Skipper leads Spirit to Third Playoff Berth
September 5, 2006 - 12:08 PM
by: CanAm Administrator
DURHAM, NC--The Can-Am League announced today that North Shore Spirit manager John Kennedy has been named Manager of the Year, as voted upon by the eight field managers and media.
Kennedy, 65, has been the only manager in North Shore Spirit history. He led the Spirit to the first and second half titles and the third playoff berth in their four year existence. He guided them to a club best 58-32 mark and the league’s best pitching with an earned run average of 2.77.
A veteran of over 850 major-league games, Kennedy broke in with the Washington Senators in 1962 and also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (where he was part of the 1965 World Series-winning squad), the New York Yankees and the Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers. The Peabody, MA resident was a utility infielder for the Red Sox from 1970 to 1974, the organization with which he earned his “Super Sub” nickname. He then managed and coached in the minor leagues for six seasons. He worked as a scout for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers for a total of 13 years, concluding in 1996.