Johnny Oates

Baseball Player and Coach
Born Jan 21, 1946

Johnny Lane Oates was an American professional baseball player, coach, and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees from 1970 to 1981. During his playing career, Oates was a light-hitting player who was valued for his defensive skills and, played most of his career as a reserve player.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on January 21, 1946.


1967 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Born in Sylva, North Carolina, Oates graduated from Prince George High School in Prince George, Virginia, before going on to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He was selected by the Baltimore Orioles as their first round pick in the 1967 Major League Baseball Secondary Draft.
1969 23 Years Old After two seasons with Miami, Oates moved up to the Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs in 1969 where he hit for a .288 batting average in 66 games.
1970 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He continued his climb up the minor league ladder in 1970, playing for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings before making his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles at the age of 24 on September 17, 1970.
1971 25 Years Old Oates returned to the minor leagues in 1971, playing another season with Rochester where he posted a .277 batting average along with a respectable .364 on-base percentage.
1972 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Oates was brought back up to the Orioles for the 1972 season, where he caught the majority of the Orioles games. … Read More


Oates had been designated to platoon alongside catcher Bob Boone in the 1976 season however, in the season-opening game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he cracked his collar bone in a collision at home plate with Dave Parker and missed almost half the season. "That play changed my career", he said afterwards.
1977 31 Years Old With the Dodgers, Oates worked as a second-string catcher behind Steve Yeager and, would once again reach the post-season as, the Dodgers clinched the 1977 National League Western Division title. The Dodgers went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1977 National League Championship Series before eventually losing to the New York Yankees in the 1977 World Series.
1978 32 Years Old In 1978, Oates appeared in only 40 games as the Dodgers repeated as Western Division champions and, once again defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1978 National League Championship Series. … Read More
1979 33 Years Old Oates' playing time decreased further in 1979 as he appeared in only 26 games before being released at the end of the season.
1980 34 Years Old 1 More Event
He became a free agent and signed a contract to play for the New York Yankees on April 4, 1980.
1982 36 Years Old Oates began managing in baseball in 1982 when he guided the New York Yankees' Double-A Nashville Sounds to win the Southern League title.
1984 38 Years Old From 1984 to 1987, he worked as a coach for the Chicago Cubs and was credited with developing Jody Davis into a Gold Glove Award winning catcher.


1988 42 Years Old He rejoined the Orioles organization at their Rochester AAA affiliate in 1988.
1991 45 Years Old The following year, he was promoted to the majors where he worked as first base coach under Frank Robinson, and in 1991, after Robinson started 13–24, Oates was promoted to the manager of the Orioles.
1993 47 Years Old In his first full season with the team, Oates led the Orioles to an 89–73 record and then to an 85–77 record in 1993, which helped him to win The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award.
1994 48 Years Old However, following the strike-shortened 1994 season, Oates was dismissed by new owner Peter Angelos. … Read More


1996 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite being let go by the Orioles, Oates was quickly hired by the Texas Rangers, who had just fired their previous manager, Kevin Kennedy. Oates proceeded to lead the Rangers to their first playoff appearance in team history during the 1996 season. … Read More
1998 52 Years Old Oates continued to lead the Rangers for several more seasons, leading them to American League West titles in 1998 and 1999.
2000 54 Years Old However, following a fourth-place finish in 2000 and beginning the 2001 season with an 11–17 record, Oates resigned as manager and third base coach Jerry Narron replaced him. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Oates succumbed to the tumor at age 58 at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond on Christmas Eve 2004. … Read More
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