Paul Owens

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Biographical Information[edit]

Paul Owens spent more than 40 years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization as a player, manager, scout, and General Manager.

Owens joined the army after one year at Rider College, becoming sergeant of the engineering company and serving in Europe during World War II. After three years in the service he returned to college, this time enrolling at St. Bonaventure University, where he played baseball & basketball and earned a B.S. in physical education. A first baseman, he joined the Olean Oilers of the PONY League in 1951. That season, he hit .407 to win the league batting title and had a league-record 38 consecutive game hitting streak. After spending the next year with the Winston-Salem Cardinals in the St. Louis Cardinals chain, he returned to his hometown and became the city's director of youth activities.

Owens returned to pro ball as a player/manager with the Oilers in 1955. The next two seasons, he hit .368 and .407 to capture two more batting titles. The club had become a Philadelphia Phillies affiliate in 1956, and in 1958 Owens moved within the Phillies organization to the Bakersfield Bears of the California League. He spent two years with the club as player/manager, although his playing time with Bakersfield was limited.

Owens became a Phillies scout in 1960 and was promoted to director of the club's farm system in 1965. In 1972, he became the team's General Manager, a post he held until 1983. He also managed the Phillies for two stints, the first in 1972 and the second in 1983 (when the Phillies reached the World Series) and 1984. After that, Owens held various other positions with the club until his death at age 79.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • Division Titles: 1 (1983)
  • NL Pennants: 1 (1983)

Preceded by
Frank Lucchesi
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Danny Ozark
Preceded by
John Quinn
Philadelphia Phillies General Manager
Succeeded by
Bill Giles
Preceded by
Pat Corrales
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
John Felske

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1955 Olean Oilers PONY League 46-80 8th none
1956 Olean Oilers PONY League 65-58 3rd Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1957 Olean Oilers New York-Penn League 52-65 5th Philadelphia Phillies
1958 Bakersfield Bears California League 84-55 2nd Philadelphia Phillies Lost in 1st round
1959 Bakersfield Bears California League 70-71 4th Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1972 Philadelphia Phillies National League 33-47 6th Philadelphia Phillies replaced Frank Lucchesi (26-50) on July 10
1983 Philadelphia Phillies National League 47-30 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost World Series replaced Pat Corrales (43-42) on July 18
1984 Philadelphia Phillies National League 81-81 4th Philadelphia Phillies

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