Gene Mauch died of Monday August 8th after a long battle with cancer. Mauch won 1,901 games as a manager and was named NL Manager of the Year three times, but is more noted for his losses. He was the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964 when they had a 6 1/2 game lead with 12 games remaining, but lost ten in a row and the pennant to the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1982 he managed the California Angels to a 2-0 lead in the ALCS versus the Milwaukee Brewers before losing the final three games in the best of five series. Then in 1986 his California Angels were one out away from advancing to the World Series, when Dave Henderson’s home run off Donnie Moore put the Boston Red Sox into the Fall Classic. Moore never recovered, committing suicide in 1989. In 2002 during the Angels’ playoff series against the Minnesota Twins Gene Mauch said, “All I did for 50 years was study the game day and night. And I will forever, for however long ‘forever’ is.” Gene Mauch will be missed. He may be gone, but he will not be forgotten. A Big Salute to the Little General!