Birdie Tebbetts

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George Robert "Birdie" Tebbetts (November 10, 1912 – March 24, 1999) was an American professional baseball player, manager, scout and front office executive. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians from to . Tebbets was regarded as the best catcher in the American League in the late 1940s.

Although he lacked speed and wasn't a powerful hitter, Tebbetts was an exceptional defensive catcher and intelligent player who capably directed his pitchers. These traits served him well later in his career as he became the manager for the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Braves and the Cleveland Indians. His major league career encompassed 14 years as a catcher, 11 as a manager and 28 as a scout.

Early life

Tebbetts was born in Burlington, Vermont but, his family moved to Nashua, New Hampshire a few months after he was born. Shortly...
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