Eddie Kasko, a former All-Star infielder and later a manager, died at the age of 88, days ahead of his 89th birthday.
Kasko, who mostly played SS and 3B, played for the Cardinals (1957-1958), Reds (1959-1963), Colt .45s/Astros (1964-1965) and Red Sox (1966).
He was the SS on the 1961 Reds team that won the pennant. He was on both (they played two that year) All-Star teams that year, when he hit .271-2-27, OPS+ 74.
He finished 29th in MVP voting in 1962, when he hit .278-4-41, OPS+ 81.
He went 7 for 22, all singles, one RBI in the 1961 World Series against the Yankees.
His 162 game average was .264-3-39, OPS+ 76.
He managed the Red Sox from 1970-1973, posting a winning percentage of .539, which averages out to an 87=75 season. Two 3rd place finishes, and two 2nd place finishes.
In 1972, his Red Sox finished second, just 1/2 a game behind Detroit. There was a strike at the beginning of the season, and the games weren’t made up. As a result, the Tigers were 86-70, and the Red Sox 85-70. There was no wild card back then, and the Tigers went into the ALCS, losing to the A’s. The Red Sox went home.