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Leonard Joseph Okrie (July 16, 1923 – April 12, 2018) was an American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball. Born in Detroit, Okrie stood 6'2" (188 cm) tall, weighed 185 pounds (84 kg), and batted and threw right-handed.

Len Okrie
Born: (1923-07-16)July 16, 1923
Detroit, Michigan
Died: April 12, 2018(2018-04-12) (aged 94)
Hope Mills, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 16, 1948, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
April 16, 1952, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.218
Runs batted in3


Career as player and MLB coachEdit

Okrie's playing career stretched from 1942 through 1957, with three seasons (1943–45) missed due to World War II service in the United States Navy.[1] Drafted by the Washington Senators out of the Chicago Cubs farm system in November 1947, Okrie would spend only one full season (1950) in the Major Leagues as Washington's third-string catcher (behind Al Evans and Mickey Grasso). He spent parts of the 1948 and 1951 campaigns with Washington, and appeared in one game for the 1952 Boston Red Sox. Overall, Okrie appeared in 42 games, with 78 at bats, 17 hits, no home runs, three runs batted in, and a .218 batting average.

He managed in the Boston farm system from 1954 to 1960 and in 1963, and was the Red Sox' Major League bullpen coach in 1961–62 and 1965–66. He then joined his hometown Detroit Tigers as a minor league manager (1967–69, 1971–74) and MLB bullpen coach (1970). His career record as a minor league manager was 912 wins, and 1,013 defeats (.474). Okrie won one league pennant, in the Appalachian League during his maiden season as a skipper.

His father, Frank, a left-handed pitcher, appeared in 21 games for the 1920 Tigers and two brothers played minor league baseball.[2][3][4] Okrie died in April 2018 at the age of 94.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ Nowlin, Bill (November 23, 2015). "Len Okrie". SABR. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bob Okrie Minor League Statistics & History".
  4. ^ "Frank Okrie Minor League Statistics & History".
  5. ^ Joseph Okrie Obituary
  • Johnson, Lloyd and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007.
  • Spink, C.C. Johnson, ed., The 1965 Baseball Register, The 1966 Baseball Register, The 1970 Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News.

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