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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Bobby Winkles, the baseball coach who constructed Arizona State right into a nationwide energy from scratch and went on to handle and coach within the majors, has died. He was 90.
Arizona State stated Winkles died Friday with household and buddies by his facet.
Winkles fielded the Solar Devils’ first varsity squad in 1959 and received nationwide titles in 1965, 1967 and 1969. He went 524-173 in 13 years in Tempe.
Winkles was a constitution member of the Faculty Baseball Corridor of Fame and coached such stars as Reggie Jackson, Rick Monday, Sal Bando, Larry Gura and Gary Gentry. Arizona State retired his No. 1 jersey in 1972 and the sphere at Packard Stadium was devoted in his honor in 2001.
Winkles went on to handle 4 years within the majors, going 170-213 in stints with the California Angeles and Oakland Athletics from 1973-78.
“An awesome baseball man,” tweeted Bobby Valentine, a former main league participant and supervisor. “ASU and Cal Angles. I performed for him in 1973. First modern-day Collage coach to go straight to MLB. Had one platform. Velocity up the sport!!! Too dangerous the leaders didn’t observe him!! RIP Bobby.”
Winkles additionally spent a number of seasons in assorted teaching roles with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox and Montreal Expos. He was a broadcaster with the Expos, too.
From Swifton, Arkansas, Winkles starred as an infielder and studied philosophy at Illinois Wesleyan College, then performed within the White Sox’s farm system from 1951-58 earlier than taking on the Solar Devils,