A former MLB star, Rick Manning could boast of unique skills and intensity only a few could rival on the field. During his long major league career, Manning was a remarkable player whose production and skillsets were worth his price tag. The former Cleveland outfielder is perhaps recognized for his defensive prowess, breath-taking catches, speed, and enthusiasm. Find out how the retired outfielder turned broadcaster endeared himself to MLB fans.
A New Yorker, Richard Eugene Manning was born on September 2, 1954. Details regarding his parents, family background, and early life have not been disclosed. Nonetheless, it is no secret that the former center fielder was born in Niagara Falls, and educated at LaSalle High School.
Manning played baseball as a student and his prowess on the field could not go unnoticed. The LaSalle High School standout’s golden chance for a professional play came in June 1972 when Rick was drafted as the Cleveland Indians No.1 (2nd overall) pick in the first round. More interesting was the fact that Manning’s contract with the Major League Baseball made history at the time as the first Western New York athlete’s deal with the largest salary and bonus package.
Rick Manning began his professional baseball career in 1975 as a center fielder with the Cleveland Indians (also known as The Tribe). Between 1975 and 1983, Arch, as he was fondly called, made certain the Tribe got their money’s worth for eight years before transferring to Milwaukee Brewers in 1983. Rick had a four-year stint with the Brewers before retiring from active play.
During his MLB career and over 13 seasons, Manning was known for his breath-taking catches, defensive prowess, and speed. More so, he recorded remarkable success on the field and became a fan favorite in Cleveland for many seasons. Till date, Rick Manning is considered one of the most enduring MLB contributors from Western New York.
After his retirement, Rick Manning moved on to other interests and currently works as a broadcaster in the league. Since 1990, the former centre fielder has been a colour commentator for Cleveland Indians’ telecasts on SportsTime Ohio and on WKYC- TV. Manning’s almost three-decade-long tenure with the club makes history as the second-longest in franchise history.
Rick Manning’s Wife (Sue Manning) and Family
During and after his long major league career, Rick Manning has kept details of his personal life private. Thus there is little or no information readily available about his love life and dating history. However, it is common knowledge that the former outfielder is a married man with children and even grandchildren. He is happily married to Sue Manning, a woman who has also maintained a low profile over the years.
Details regarding the couple’s romance from the outset, their wedding date, and marital journey have not been disclosed. Regardless, it is no secret that Rick and Sue’s union produced two children, Jessica and Kyle Manning, and no less than six grandchildren.
Other Fast Facts About The Retired Athlete
1. As earlier hinted, there was little or nothing much known to the public regarding Rick Manning’s love life until recently. During a live broadcast in 2018, Manning’s former teammate turned broadcaster Dennis ‘Eck’ Eckersley shocked many when he revealed that Manning ‘stole’ his wife.
Manning and Eckersley launched their MLB careers together in 1975 on the Indians and eventually became close friends. But in 1978 when Eck was bought over by Boston, he was surprised to discover that his wife Denise no longer loved him but was having an affair with his friend and teammate, Rick Manning. The Cleveland outfielder and Eck’s former wife, Denise, eventually married but their union later ended in a divorce.
2. Rick Manning’s prowess on the field earned him recognition and awards in the course of his MLB career. Among others, he is a 1976 recipient of the Gold Glove Award, making a mark as the fourth outfielder from the Tribe to receive the honor. Manning was also once named one of the 100 Greatest Cleveland Indians Players ever.
3. Although Manning has not disclosed his exact salary, he amassed a sizeable fortune as an MLB player and sportscaster and can afford a comfortable lifestyle. Rick Manning’s net worth is currently estimated at about $2 million.
4. The former center fielder has impressive physical features. Rick Manning towers at a height of 6 feet 1 inch, complemented by the weight of about 81kg. His other body measurements have not been disclosed.