Vedie Himsl

Avitus Bernard "Vedie" Himsl (April 2, 1917 – March 15, 2004) was an American professional baseball player, manager, coach and scout. Born in Plevna, Montana,[1] Himsl was a member of the class of 1938 from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.[2]

Vedie Himsl
Coach/Head Coach
Born: (1917-04-02)April 2, 1917
Plevna, Montana
Died: March 15, 2004(2004-03-15) (aged 86)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1961, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
June 7, 1961, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Games managed31
Head coaching record10–21
Winning percentage.323
As coach


Himsl was listed as 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg). A right-handed pitcher in minor league baseball in his playing days (1938–42; 1946; 1950–51), he peaked at the top level of the minors with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association, where he won 51 games over four seasons.

Himsl managed and scouted for the St. Louis Cardinals' organization before joining the Chicago Cubs in the mid-1950s as a scout and minor league skipper. In 1960, he was named to the coaching staff of the MLB Cubs, when the team struggled to a 60–94 record, one game out of last place in the National League. The offseason resulted in a management overhaul and owner Philip K. Wrigley's creation of the College of Coaches, in which (rather than hiring a full-time manager) all of the team's coaches would rotate as "head coach" of the Major League Cubs and their farm teams.

Himsl was named the first head coach in the history of the College of Coaches. He posted a 10–21 win-loss record (.323)[2][3] over three different terms during the 1961 season (April 11–23; May 12–30; June 5–7).[4] His first term, from Opening Day through the club's first 11 games, produced a 5–6 mark. But in his subsequent turns as the Cubs' pilot, the team lost 15 out of 20 games. Himsl also spent part of the 1961 season managing the Cubs' Wenatchee Chiefs affiliate in the Class B Northwest League. He coached for the Cubs through 1964, although he spent all of that campaign as the manager of the Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees of the Pacific Coast League.

In 1965, Himsl turned to scouting and front-office administration in the Chicago organization, and when he retired in 1985 he was the Cubs' director of scouting. He continued to live in Chicago until his death in 2004.


  1. ^ "Vedie Himsl". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Notable Alumni in Athletics". Saint John's University. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  3. ^ "Vedie Himsl". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Retrosheet

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