Bing Devine, who was the general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1958 through 1964, his most prominent position during a long career in baseball, passed away Saturday in St. Louis. In addition to serving as the Cardinals GM, Devine also worked in the front office for the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Houston Astos, and San Francisco Giants.
In June of 1964, Devine negotiated a trade with the Chicago Cubs that netted the Cardinals Lou Brock, while giving up pitchers Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz and outfielder Doug Clemons. However in August of 1964, the Cardinals were well-behind Philadelphia in the standings and Cardinals owner August Busch, on advice from special assistant Branch Rickey, fired Devine. Cardinals manager Johnny Keane was ticketed for dismissal when the season ended. But a funny thing happened along the way, the Cardinals ended up winning the NL pennant and then defeated the Yankees in the World Series in seven games.
Devine's replacement, Bob Howsam, lasted in the job for two years, and then left/fired/got out of Dodge prior to the 1967 season and Stan Musial served as general manager for one year. Although the Cardinals won the World Series that year, Musial realized that he didn't want to be a front office guy and he stepped down and Devine got his old job back and kept it through 1978.