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5 OWEN FRIEND

COACH

Owen Friend

Owen Lacey Friend ("Red")
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: March 21, 1927 in Granite City, IL
Died: October 14, 2007 in Wichita, KS
 
  Royals Coaching Debut: April 8, 1969
Final Royals Game:
October 2, 1969
 

Lifetime statistics as a player (1949-56)
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
208 598 69 136 24 2 13 76 2 2 55 109 .227

For complete playing stats, go to Baseball-Reference.com's Owen Friend page

 
From the Kansas City Royals 1969 Yearbook:
     Owen brought 25 years of experience as a major and minor league infielder, manager, and scout to the Royals.  He was a player for 16 seasons, and tours with the St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox (note: he also played for the Cubs).  He was the Royals' head scout in Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas when selected as a coach.
 
From the Kansas City Royals 1969 Media Guide:
     Owen, 6-2, 200, R-R, was born March 21, 1927, at Granite City, Ill., and lives in Wichita, Kans., with wife Maxine and children, Nancy (8-21-54), Larry (8-3-57) and Terry (1-31-59)...he is nicknamed Red, because he has red hair.
     Friend was appointed February 8, after earlier being hired as Kansas City's scout for Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota...he has 25 years in baseball, the first 16 as a player...he also handled six managerial assignments, starting with Wenatchee, Wash. in 1960, where he was both general manager and field manager...he turned to scouting for Houston in 1966 and Baltimore in 1967-68...he played second base, third base and shortstop during the seven years he was in the major leagues...he twice led minor leagues in two defensive categories...he led Ohio State League second basemen in putouts (322) and assists (357) in his rookie year, and paced the Eastern League in putouts (414) and assists (411) in 1948.
 
 
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