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Encyclopedia > Bill Virdon

William Charles Virdon (born June 9, 1931) is a retired American baseball player, manager and coach. A premier defensive outfielder during his playing days (1955-65) as a center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, Virdon also had a long tenure in Major League Baseball as a manager, with the Pirates (1972-73), New York Yankees (1974-75), Houston Astros (1975-82), and Montreal Expos (1983-84). He was the American League Manager of the Year in 1974, his only full season working for the Yankees of George Steinbrenner. Baseball is a team sport, in which a fist-sized ball is thrown by a defensive player called a pitcher and hit by an offensive player called a batter with a round, smooth stick called a bat. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... The St. ... The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Washington Nationals is a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Washington, D.C.. It relocated to Washington from Montréal, Québec, Canada after the 2004 season. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930), often known simply as The Boss, is best known as the principal owner of the New York Yankees. ...


Virdon initially signed with the Yankees, but he never played for them. He was traded to the Cardinals in a multi-player deal in 1954 for veteran outfielder Enos Slaughter, now a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. After one more year of seasoning in the minor leagues, Virdon joined the Cardinals in 1955 and was named National League Rookie of the Year. He was traded to Pittsburgh in May 1956. Enos Bradsher Slaughter (April 26, 1916 - August 12, 2002) was an American baseball player. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related... Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ...


A left-handed batter (who threw righthanded), Virdon's career batting average was .267 with 91 home runs during his 1,583-game NL career. He was the starting center fielder on the 1960 world champion Pirates, batting .241 in seven World Series games. His ground ball in Game 7 took a bad hop and struck Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek in the throat, enabling Virdon to reach base and the Pirates to mount a furious rally in a game (and series) eventually won by Bill Mazeroski's dramatic home run. Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball, the World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, played in October after the end of the regular season between the pennant winner of the American League and the pennant winner of the National League. ... William Stanley Mazeroski (born September 5, 1936, in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wheeling, West Virginia), nicknamed Maz, is a former Major League Baseball player. ...


As a manager, he led the Pirates to the 1972 NL East title, but the Buccos dropped the NLCS to the Cincinnati Reds when Pittsburgh pitcher Bob Moose unleashed a wild pitch in the final inning of Game 5, allowing the winning run to score. His career managerial record, over all or parts of 13 seasons, was 995-921 (.519). He also served three different terms as a Pirates coach. NLCS can refer to different things: North London Collegiate School, a girls school in North London. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


 
 

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