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Bobby Jones Day: RedHawks to honor long time manager Friday

Jones has played or managed pro baseball in Oklahoma for more than 20 years
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: August 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm •  Published: August 19, 2010
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/articleid/3486857/1/pictures/1102461">Photo - The RedHawks will honor manager Bobby Jones on Friday night. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
The RedHawks will honor manager Bobby Jones on Friday night. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

When Jones was drafted by the Washington Senators (now Rangers), he drove a 1965 Mustang.

Instead of taking it with him, Bobby left it for Curtis to drive while he walked to the ballpark every day.

When the Army drafted Bobby, he let his brother have the car.

"That's just kind of brother and person he is," Curtis said. "I always ran with Bobby and his buddies. It wasn't like he was telling me to get out there or nothing."

The RedHawks manager is laid back.

A lot of that demeanor can be traced to his service in Vietnam, he said.

His players certainly notice.

"Bobby's awesome," pitcher Zachary Phillips said. "Everyday he comes into the clubhouse happy."

Jones met wife Debbie while managing in Tulsa, and they still live there.

Unlike many managers, Jones can spend some time at home during the season.

He heads back to Tulsa for days off and after 11 a.m. games and occasionally after Sunday afternoon games.

As much as Jones has become a part of Oklahoma, he's even more a part of the Rangers' organization. Other than his time in Vietnam and brief stints with the Angels and in Japan, Jones has been part of the franchise.

"I never had any desire to go anywhere else or even go look anywhere else," Jones said.

Jones isn't ready to walk away from managing yet. Although he doesn't have a contract for next year, he's likely to still be managing for the Rangers.

He'll likely to return to Oklahoma City next year — to face the RedHawks.

"It'll definitely be weird," Jones said. "I've been sitting behind this desk since 2007, so it's going to be different."


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