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Former Hawaii Islanders manager Rocky Bridges dies


Everett Lamar Bridges, better known as ‘Rocky” when he was a popular manager of the Hawaii Islanders in the early 1970s, has died.

His death, at age 87 in Idaho, was reported by several media outlets.

After an 11-year career as a journeyman Major League infielder with seven teams, Bridges spent 21 seasons as a manager in the minors, compiling a 1,300-1,358 record. While he coached in the majors he never managed there.

He went 74-74 with the Islanders in 1972 and was one of three managers employed in 1973.

Bridges is perhaps best known in Islander lore for giving away the bride, Terri Rivas, on the mound in a marriage ceremony with pitcher Ralph Garcia between games of a doubleheader against Tucson.

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