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    Dave Bristol to be Inducted into NC Sports HOF

    The article doesn't mention it, but Dave managed the Reds from '66-'69. I believe he was also a base coach with the Reds in the 80s.

    http://www.wcnc.com/sharedcontent/AP...D8EV7AUG5.html

    Ten to be inducted in N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in May
    01/06/2006
    Associated Press
    Ten people will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports of Hall of Fame in May.

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    * Dave Bristol of Andrews, who was a manager in the Cincinnati Reds farm system in 1957 and won the Pacific Coast League pennant as San Diego's manager at age 31. He also managed at Milwaukee, Atlanta and San Francisco.

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    The 43rd annual induction ceremony is scheduled for May 11 in Raleigh.

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    Re: Dave Bristol to be Inducted into NC Sports HOF

    Dave was a ML manager in NC when he was 23 years old, I'm going to guess it was at High Point in the late 50's.

    He was a 2nd baseman.

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    Re: Dave Bristol to be Inducted into NC Sports HOF

    Always liked Dave Bristol, and thought he had a whole lot to do with the making of the Reds teams of the 70's. He managed a lot of the guys in the minors, as well as his Reds teams of the late 60's. Never have heard many players have anything but good things to say about Dave Bristol. Glad to see he's getting an honor in his home state.
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    Re: Dave Bristol to be Inducted into NC Sports HOF

    Never have heard many players have anything but good things to say about Dave Bristol.
    Dave was a from what I understand a hardass, short of temper, but Howsam wanted a guy who communicated more with the GM office on what the team needed, he felt Bristol was too independant for that request.

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    Re: Dave Bristol to be Inducted into NC Sports HOF

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN CHAR NC
    Always liked Dave Bristol, and thought he had a whole lot to do with the making of the Reds teams of the 70's. He managed a lot of the guys in the minors, as well as his Reds teams of the late 60's. Never have heard many players have anything but good things to say about Dave Bristol. Glad to see he's getting an honor in his home state.
    I agree, Randy. I remember reading great stories from Pete Rose and Tommy Helms about their minor league days playing under Dave Bristol. He was fired as the Big Red Machine was on the threshold. I wonder if he ever wonders, "What if..."

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    Re: Dave Bristol to be Inducted into NC Sports HOF

    I often have wondered that, myself, Spitball. I think Bristol, who was only 33 when he was hired as the Reds manager on July 13, 1966, was just like one of the guys and maybe had trouble separating himself from the players, unlike Sparky. I talked with a lot of the players at the fantasy camp and they all said that while Sparky had good relationships with the players, particularly the stars, there was never any doubt who was in charge, and nobody breached that line and stayed with the Reds.

    I think Bristol's style probably worked better in the minors than it did in the majors. He developed close relationships with his players and was the first to their defense in any argument or fight on the field. He was a real intense and loyal kind of guy. He was credited for the development of Rose, Helms, Perez and Lee May. In his three full season's with the Reds, Dave Bristol went 87-75 in '67 (seventh place), 83-79 in '68 (fourth place), and 89-73 in '69 (third place in the first year of divisional format). Not a bad record and interesting that Howsam fired him with records like that. He must have saw something that made him feel that Dave Bristol could not take the team to the next level, and he was probably right. Bristol's final record with the Reds was 298-265, and after being fired in 1969, never had another winning record in the major's. Nevertheless, I've always had a soft spot in the heart for Dave Bristol.
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