George Bevan Strickland, also known as Bo (nickname), was a professional American baseball player and manager. He played for Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates as an infielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1950 to 1960. Likewise, he worked as interim manager for Indians’ twice in the 1960s.
Early Life and Education
George was born on January 10, 1926, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born to a police officer, Harold Lind Strickland, and a homemaker, Imelda Bevan Strickland.
As for siblings, he had a sister Rita and a brother Harold L. Jr. He belonged to American nationality and Dutch-Welsh by ethnicity. His birth sign is Capricorn.
As for his education, he attended in S.J. Peters High School and played as a shortstop alongside Mel Parnell. He loved to play baseball games and was a right-hand batsman.
When he was 17, George represented his hometown and competed for the Southwest Sectional Champions at American Legion Baseball World Series in Montana.
On September 5, 1943, Strickland made his professional debut when he signed a contract with New Orleans Pelicans. He played as a third baseman, collecting two singles in eight bats during three games.
A year after, he worked in the United States Navy and had an active duty as Specialist Mailman in Saipan island for 16 months. In May 1946, he got an honorable discharge.
In 1948, George played as the full-time shortstop for the Louisville Colonels and made 261 from 128 games with Birmingham Barons.
On November 17, 1949, Pittsburgh Pirates recruited him in the Rule 5 draft. He played three years for Pittsburgh Pirates and during this time, the club was ranked at the last two in the National League.
Moreover, he made 216 batts in 138 matches as starting shortstop in 1951.
George was traded to Cleveland Indians and in his first full season, he made a score of 284 in 123 matches in 1953.
In 1955, he replaced Ray Boone to become starting shortstop and the club rank at second for five-time in American League during his eight years in the club.
George continued to play for Cleveland Indians and was supplanted by Sam Dente after the loss with New York Giants. He resigned from playing career on August 3, 1960.
As an Interim Manager and Coach
In 1961, he served as a scout for the Cleveland Indians and in the Minnesota Twins team the following year. Later, he returned to Indians to work as a third-base coach for six years and became an interim manager when the manager Birdie Tebbetts suffered a heart attack.
Under his management, the club ranked at the top of the American League at the end of April 1966.
Following that, he served in the club of new rising star Melky Cabrera, Kansas City Royals as a coach in 1970. During his time in the Royals, the team ranked second in AL Western Division in the franchise’s third season. Strickland parted from baseball in 1972.
In addition, in 1981, he was included in the Great New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame and similarly, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
As a prominent baseball player, George earned a decent amount of wealth. Generally, a baseball player earns about $3.4 million annually. Moreover, George played like a baseball player for seventeen years and had a wealth to live a luxurious life.
In addition, he served as a manager and coach for nearly ten years and the salary of a coach is $48,980 per annum. So, his net worth altogether may be over $10 million.
Personal Life: Relationship
Strickland married Lorraine Sarpy Strickland in the late 1950s. The two adopted a child John Thomas Strickland in 1958. The family has been together ever since until Lorraine died at the age of 78 on January 26, 2005.
His son married Kathy Heitkamp and the duo had a son Stephen J.J. Stickland.
Age, Body Measurement, & Statistics.
Age: He was 84-year-old at the time of his death (Feb. 21, 2010).
Hair Color: He had brown hair during his young age which grayed with age.