Thomas James Lawless (born December 19, 1956 in Erie, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball player who played between 1982 and 1990, playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, and Toronto Blue Jays. He was recently the interim manager for the Houston Astros.

Tom Lawless
Tom Lawless during his tenure with the Cardinals.
Born: (1956-12-19) December 19, 1956 (age 62)
Erie, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 15, 1982, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 4, 1990, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Batting average.207
Home runs2
Runs batted in24
Games managed24
Win–loss record11–13
Winning %.458
As player
As manager


Lawless grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, attending Strong Vincent High School and Penn State Behrend, where he played baseball from 1975-1978.[1]

Although just a fringe, part-time player throughout his career, Lawless was involved in a number of dramatic and historic moments. Lawless became famous in 1984 when he became the only player ever traded for Pete Rose. Lawless, who only hit two regular-season home runs his entire career, is also remembered for his dramatic go-ahead home run in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series (he had hit .080 in 25 at-bats during the regular season.) Lawless later expressed shock that he had managed to hit a home run. "When it went over the wall, I thought, 'Holy cow, it went out.' I went blank. I don't remember flipping the bat."[2]

On May 10, 1989, while with the Toronto Blue Jays, Lawless' ninth-inning single broke up a no-hit bid by Mark Langston of the Seattle Mariners.[3]

A fast and highly skilled baserunner, Lawless struggled to hit major league pitching and retired in 1990. He entered the coaching ranks and has become a successful minor league manager. In 2007, he served as a coach for the China national baseball team during its participation in Major League Baseball's Instructional League program and in the Arizona Fall League. He managed the Lexington Legends, the Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros, for the 2009 season. On November 16, 2009, Lawless was named the new manager for the Lancaster JetHawks, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros, for the 2010 season. In 2011, Lawless was managing the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League. On September 1, 2014 after the Astros fired Bo Porter, Lawless was hired as the interim manager.[4] As interim manager with Houston, he had a record of 11 wins and 13 losses.

Managerial recordEdit

Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
Houston Astros 2014 2014 24 11 13 .458
Total 24 11 13 .458 0 0 0


  1. ^ Behrend Magazine, Spring 2016
  2. ^ First Lawless homer was with Cincinnati
  3. ^ Langston loses no-hitter in ninth
  4. ^ Astros fire Bo Porter
  5. ^ "Tom Lawless Managerial Record". Retrieved February 21, 2018.

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Preceded by
Jack Voigt
Frederick Keys manager
Succeeded by
Bien Figueroa