CRADLE OF SKIPPERS
Over the years, Western Hills High School of Cincinnati has sent no fewer than 11 players to the major leagues, the most celebrated being Pete Rose, class of '60. Western Hills has also distinguished itself as a fountainhead of big-league managers. Former Kansas City Manager Jim Frey and Don Zimmer, late of the Red Sox and Rangers, are Western Hills' products (both '49), as is Russ Nixon ('53), who was elevated by the Reds this past summer from third-base coach to manager to replace the fired John McNamara and was rehired last week for next season. And Eddie Brinkman is waiting in the wings. Brinkman, who guided the Birmingham Barons, a Tiger Double A farm team, to the runner-up spot in the second half of the 1982 Southern League season, has perfect credentials for a big-league skipper's job, having graduated from Western Hills in 1961.