Today in Tribe History: January 4, 1944
Charlie Manuel is born in Northfork, West Virginia. Manuel started his coaching career in 1988 with the Cleveland Indians when he became their hitting coach. He would serve two seasons in that position before becoming manager of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Manuel served a second stint as the hitting coach for the Indians for many years during the 1990s, starting in 1994. Jim Thome and other star Indians batters of the era attributed their success to Manuel’s coaching. In 1997 Cleveland set a club home run record. Charlie became the Indians’ manager in 2000 and the team went 90-72. He had a ruptured colon in spring training and had surgery once more. Ejected from two of the first three games, he banned card playing in the clubhouse and took away the Ping-Pong table when his team was struggling and he felt the players were too distracted. The Indians won the AL Central Division title in Manuel’s second year at the helm. He was let go partway through the 2002 season after a slow start.