Mike Ryba

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Dominic Joseph Ryba

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Biographical Information[edit]

In 1933 Mike Ryba of the Springfield Cardinals won the Western League batting title (.380) and was tied for second in the circuit with 42 doubles. He made the WL's All-Star team at catcher. Two years later he was 20-8 with a 3.29 ERA for the Columbus Red Birds and in 1940 he was MVP of the International League for a 24-8, 2.94 season in which he led the IL in victories. In addition to pitching and catching, Ryba was a manager, ticket-seller and front office employee before he made it to the major leagues. Overall Mike was 183-106 in his professional career and twice drove in 115 or more runs.

After his playing career ended, Ryba was a St. Louis Cardinals coach from 1951 to 1954. Ryba then scouted for the Cardinals (1956-1959), Cincinnati Reds (1960-1962) and Cardinals again (1965-1971)

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1934 Springfield Red Wings Western Association 76-58 1st St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1940 Rochester Red Wings International League 1-1 -- St. Louis Cardinals -- replaced Estel Crabtree (9-11) on June 25
replaced by Tony Kaufmann (55-38) on June 26
1947 Lynn Red Sox New England League 86-38 1st Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1948 Scranton Red Sox Eastern League 89-51 1st Boston Red Sox League Champs
1949 Scranton Red Sox Eastern League 14-16 -- Boston Red Sox -- replaced by Jack Burns on May 28
Louisville Colonels American Association 58-57 6th (t) Boston Red Sox replaced Fred Walters on May 29
1950 Louisville Colonels American Association 82-71 55th Boston Red Sox
1955 Houston Buffaloes Texas League 86-75 4th St. Louis Cardinals Lost League Finals
1957 Ardmore Cardinals Sooner State League -- St. Louis Cardinals -- replaced J.C. Dunn from August 11 to August 26
1959 York White Roses Eastern League 32-49 -- St. Louis Cardinals -- replaced by Ed Lyons (27-32) on July 11
1963 Cedar Rapids Red Raiders Midwest League 56-65 7th Cincinnati Reds

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