On November 4, 1953 — Eddie Joost succeeds Jimmy Dykes as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics. Joost will last 1 season as the manager of the A’s losing 103 games. Joost hadn’t wanted to be manager, Dick Rosen told the Philadelphia Daily News. “Rosen said he was told by Spook Jacobs, who played for the Athletics in the mid-1950s, that Joost was named manager because the Athletics simply took the highest-paid player and promoted him to save money. ‘They gave him added duties without giving him an added salary. They were financially down. … He didn’t want to be the manager, he had to be the manager.” He made the most he ever had in 1954, $30,000.

Joost will finish his major league career after the 1955 season with the Boston Red Sox. He will retire from baseball after a short stint with the San Francisco Seals and become an Automobile Salesman.

 


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