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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Pirates mourn passing of former player, coach Bill Virdon at age 90

Virdon played for the Pirates and Cardinals from 1955-68, starring on the Pirates’ World Series-winning club in 1960. He ranks sixth all-time in Pirates history in games played as an outfielder with 1,376.

Virdon finished his playing career with 1,596 hits, 237 doubles, 91 home runs and 502 RBIs in 1,583 big league games. The center fielder won a Gold Glove in St. Louis in 1962.

As a manager, Virdon accumulated 995 victories and led the Pirates to the 1972 NLCS. He was named the American League manager of the year in 1974 with the Yankees and National League manager of the year in 1980 with the Astros.

Virdon was an assistant coach with the Pirates during four separate stints: 1968-71, 1986, 1992-95 and 2001-02.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2021 at 01:03 PM | 36 comment(s)
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