Lou Bekeza

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Lewis Bekeza (Zeke)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Lou Bekeza played minor league ball from 1938 to 1954, missing the 1942-1945 seasons. After the war, he was a player/manager for many years and also served as general manager of the Centralia Zeroes and Centralia Sterlings in 1950-1951.

Over the course of his 12-year minor league playing career, Bekeza played in at least 1,238 minor league games, collecting at least 1,367 hits.

Bekeza was involved in a situation on July 4, 1947, while managing the Elizabethton Betsy Cubs. During that game, Bekeza started an argument with umpire Jeff Puckett, who ended up being knocked unconscious and getting a broken nose from an angry Elizabethton fan. Bekeza was fined $20 and suspended three games for starting the initial argument, and the team was fined $75 for allowing money to be collected in the stands to pay the fine levied on Puckett's attacker.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1946 Elizabethton Betsy Cubs Appalachian League 68-57 3rd Chicago Cubs Lost League Finals
1947 Elizabethton Betsy Cubs Appalachian League 62-64 5th Chicago Cubs
1948 Marion Cubs Ohio-Indiana League -- Chicago Cubs -- replaced by Frank Kristie July 1
Janesville Cubs Wisconsin State League 8th Chicago Cubs none replaced Frank Kristie July 2
1949 Centralia Cubs Mississippi-Ohio Valley League 74-44 1st none Lost in 1st round
1950 Centralia Sterlings Mississippi-Ohio Valley League 83-40 1st none Finals cancelled
1951 Centralia Zeros Mississippi-Ohio Valley League 69-51 2nd none Lost in 1st round
1952 Yuma Panthers Southwest International League 62-68 4th none none
1954 Mount Vernon Kings Mississippi-Ohio Valley League 57-69 8th none