Lewis Bekeza (Zeke)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.
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
|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|