Baseball lifer Phil Roof will be calling it a career after the Triple-A All-Star Game for all the right reasons. His wife of 41 years, Marie Roof has cancer and he must be by her side. The doctors' indications say there will be no recovery, and Manager Roof will be with his lifelong love til the end.
Phil Roof began his career in professional baseball when he was only 18-years old. He was signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1959 and would make his Major League debut on April 29, 1961. He would play along side Hall-of-Famers Hank Aaron and Warren Spahn that season but wouldn't be in the bigs for good until 1965.
He would play 11 consecutive years in the Majors from 1965-1976, playing for teams such as Oakland, Milwaukee, California, Cleveland, Kansas City, and even the Twins. He would end his career in 1977 with the Toronto Blue Jays and would begin his coaching career there.
Roof would go on to manage a combined 28 years between the majors and the minors, all the time being a class act. He would be named to coach All-Star games, managed numerous Major League stars, and never tired in his 47-years of pro ball.
This was his third season as Manager of the Red Wings, and although he loves baseball, he loves his wife so much more. He is a devout Christian who puts family before everything. For Roof, no matter what the doctors say, he will never give up hope.
As his wife begins her second chemotherapy cycle on Wednesday, Roof will be putting on the uniform for the last time. There will no doubt be some emotions from the 64-year old skipper, but Roof hopes to stay in baseball in some capacity. Even if he doesn't come back to baseball, he has given enough memories to this game to last a lifetime.
TwinCitiesDugout would like to send out heartfelt wishes to Mr. Roof and his wife Marie. We hope that things will work out for the best and are hoping along with your family for a miracle. God Bless you all.