Johnny Goryl
1981 Minnesota Twins Postcards John Goryl.jpg
Second baseman/third baseman
Born: (1933-10-21) October 21, 1933 (age 89)
Cumberland, Rhode Island
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1957, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1964, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average.225
Home runs16
Runs batted in48
Managerial record34–38
Winning %.472
As player

As manager

John Albert Goryl (born October 21, 1933) is an American former infielder, manager and coach in Major League Baseball.

A right-handed batter and thrower who stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg), Goryl apprenticed in the farm systems of the Boston / Milwaukee Braves and Chicago Cubs for seven full seasons beginning in 1951. He played 117 games for the Cubs over three seasons (195759), returned to the minor leagues when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, then joined the Minnesota Twins in 1962 for the remainder of his MLB playing career. His finest season was 1963, when he hit .287 with nine home runs in 64 games. Overall, Goryl batted .225 with 134 hits in 276 games over six MLB campaigns.

When his playing career ended, Goryl became a manager in the Twins' farm system (196668; 197078), and third-base coach of the MLB Twins (196869; 197980). During his second stint as a Minnesota coach in 1980 he was named successor to manager Gene Mauch on August 25. The Twins won 23 of their final 36 games that season, to improve from sixth to third place in the American League West, but when they faltered coming out of the gate in 1981 — losing 25 of their first 36 games — Goryl was replaced by one of his coaches, Billy Gardner. His career MLB managing record was 34–38 (.472).

After his release from the Twins, Goryl joined the Cleveland Indians' organization as a Major League coach (198288; 199798) and development official in the Indians' minor league system, continuing into the present day as special adviser/player development. He was inducted in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. Goryl won the Mike Coolbaugh Award in 2012 for his work ethic, knowledge of the game, and mentoring of young players.[1]


  1. ^ Simon, Andrew (October 23, 2012). "Goryl named winner of Mike Coolbaugh Award". Retrieved October 23, 2012.