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John Holland

John Holland

John David Holland
* Born February 18, 1910 in Wichita, KS USA
* Died July 15, 1979 in Chicago, IL USA

John Holland inherited the Oklahoma City Indians of the Texas League from his father, Jack Holland, in 1936. He was the team president/owner until 1942 when he sold the club and went into the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II (1942-1945) (BL).

Upon his discharge, he worked in various minor league front offices for the Chicago Cubs until he became General Manager of the Los Angeles Angels (PCL) in the Pacific Coast League, from which he became general manager of the Cubs on October 11, 1956, replacing Wid Matthews. He was the Cubs general manager from 1957 to 1974. Holland was promoted to Team Vice President in 1960, but reassigned to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations on September 30, 1975 where he remained untl 1976. He continued on the Cubs Board of Directors until his death at the age 73.

On July 25, 1972 Holland announced that Leo Durocher has stepped down as manager in favor of Whitey Lockman. Durocher contends he was not fired, but has "stepped aside." The Astros will hire Durocher in late August to replace Harry Walker.

Quotes

"I know we have reached a saturation point...If our payroll goes any higher, we just can't make it."

-- General manager John Holland of the Cubs, who had the biggest payroll in the majors in 1972, warning that salaries had reached their limits. In view of what happened to the big league pay scale in later years, Holland's lament proved to be ill founded.

By BR Bullpen

 

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