Harold Ross "Lefty" Phillips (May 16, 1919 – June 10, 1972) was an American coach, manager, scout and front office executive in Major League Baseball. As skipper of the California Angels from May 27, 1969, through the 1971 season, Phillips was the second manager in Los Angeles Angels franchise history.

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  • Harold Ross "Lefty" Phillips (May 16, 1919 – June 10, 1972) was an American coach, manager, scout and front office executive in Major League Baseball. As skipper of the California Angels from May 27, 1969, through the 1971 season, Phillips was the second manager in Los Angeles Angels franchise history. A native of Los Angeles who was raised in California's Central Valley, Phillips attended Franklin High School in Stockton. He was a left-handed pitcher in his playing days but, because of a sore arm, his professional playing career consisted of fewer than five games with the Bisbee Bees of the Class D Arizona–Texas League in 1939. With his playing days behind him, Phillips worked for a railroad and simultaneously embarked on his scouting career in his early twenties, working for the St. Louis Browns. After the Second World War, Phillips returned to baseball and became a highly respected scout for the Cincinnati Reds (1947–50) and the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1952–64). As an area scout in Southern California, he signed Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale, 1959 World Series MVP Larry Sherry and 21-year MLB veteran Ron Fairly for the Dodgers, among many others. Phillips also signed future Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson to his first playing contract in 1953. In 1965, Phillips reached the Major Leagues when he was named pitching coach of the Dodgers. During his first two seasons in that post, he worked with Hall of Famers Drysdale, Sandy Koufax and Don Sutton, as Los Angeles won back-to-back National League pennants and the 1965 World Series. Although the Dodgers fell back in the standings in 1967–68, after Koufax' retirement, they still boasted one of the strongest pitching staffs in the majors. (en)
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  • Harold Ross "Lefty" Phillips (May 16, 1919 – June 10, 1972) was an American coach, manager, scout and front office executive in Major League Baseball. As skipper of the California Angels from May 27, 1969, through the 1971 season, Phillips was the second manager in Los Angeles Angels franchise history. (en)
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