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Bill Virdon (1931–2021), MLB player, coach, and manager

by Linnea Crowther

Bill Virdon was a baseball player, coach, and manager who won two World Series.

MLB career

Virdon made his major league debut as a center fielder in 1955 with the St. Louis Cardinals and won National League Rookie of the Year. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956, remaining with the team for the rest of his playing career until his 1965 retirement. In 1960, Virdon helped the Pirates to a World Series win against the New York Yankees, and in 1962 he was honored with a Gold Glove Award. In 1968, he began coaching for the Pirates, and he briefly emerged from his retirement as a player to appear in several games that year, as a number of the team’s players were serving in the military. The Pirates won another World Series in 1971 with Virdon as coach. The following year, he became the team’s manager, and he went on to manage the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Montreal Expos. Virdon later returned as a coach for the Pirates and Astros before his 2002 retirement.

Tributes to Bill Virdon

Full obituary: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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