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RedHawks interim manager Tom Lawless recalls Pete Rose trade, World Series home run

Tom Lawless, the RedHawks interim manager, played in eight major league seasons. He was the only player to be traded for Pete Rose, broke up a no-hit bid in 1989 and hit a game-winning home run in the 1987 World Series.
By Mike Baldwin Published: August 31, 2012

What was your reaction to Don Denkinger's infamous call in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series, a game in which you were a pinch runner?

We were in the third base dugout but it was obvious to everyone he made the wrong call. That's baseball. It happens.

What was it like to be involved with the Chinese national baseball team for the 2008 Olympics?

I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed being in Beijing. Two years ago I also went with them to the Asian Games. Major League Baseball has a lot to do with Chinese baseball that's really just starting out. It was really rewarding.

What's your career been like since you retired?

I've managed everywhere (in the minors) for the Angels, Cardinals and was a Triple-A coach for three years in Norfolk with the Mets. I've been doing this a long time. Most of the players here (in Oklahoma City) I've had at some point and know how I operate. Their job is to go play baseball. My job is to watch over them and put them in positions they can succeed.

How do you feel about being involved in so many memorable games?

It was an honor to play in the big leagues and two World Series and be able to contribute something. As an extra man, that's what you tried to do.


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