Two members of the 2017 MLB Hall of Fame class were announced this afternoon as John Schuerholz and Allan H. “Bud” Selig join a special group of players, managers, umpires and executives. These two will join the other members from the BBWAA ballot which we will find out Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
Schuerholz, who played briefly in the minor leagues with the Philadelphia A’s organization, began his front office career with the Baltimore Orioles after he sent a letter to a chairman. He was hired as a personal assistant to the Director of Player Development, Lou Gorman. Two years later, he left Baltimore with Gorman to join the expansion team, the Kansas City Royals.
“The very first day I started in that job (with the Orioles), my goal was to become a general manager of a Major League Baseball team,” Schuerholz said. “I gave myself five years, after which I would assess where I was in my career – because I felt I could always go back to teaching if I didn’t succeed.” (source National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Schuerholz moved his way up the Royals organization and in 1981, he was promoted to General Manager. The organization needed a reshaping and that’s exactly what Schuerholz and the FO did. They rebuilt the team with younger talent and prospects…sound familiar?
In 1985, the Royals won the World Series.
Then, after Bobby Cox tried his hand as the Braves General Manager, he wanted to go back into the dugout. Schuerholz accepted the job in Atlanta, which he inherited a team that had losing records from 1984-90 and was the worst team in the MLB in 1990.