Former Cedar Rapids manager Bobby Dews dies

Former Cedar Rapids Cardinals manager Bobby Dews died Saturday at the age of 76.

Dews spent 53 years in baseball. He started as a player and a coach in the St. Louis Cardinals organization before joining the Atlanta Braves for the last 37 years before his retirement in 2012.

He managed seven seasons in the minor leagues, including Cedar Rapids in 1971. That team went 67-53 overall and finished second in the Northern Division in both halves of the season.

Dews managed two notable future major-leaguers in Cedar Rapids — pitcher Bob Forsch, who went 11-7 with a 3.13 ERA, 134 strikeouts and 41 walks in 158 innings (23 starts), and outfielder Jim Dwyer, who batted .313 with 2 HR and 15 RBI in 58 games.

Dwyer would later manage in the Midwest League, too — the Kenosha Twins in 1992 and the Fort Wayne Wizards in 1993 and 1994. Pitcher LaTroy Hawkins and outfielder Torii Hunter — both of whom retired after the 2015 season — were among those who played for Dwyer in the Midwest League.

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