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  • Former MLB player and manager Bill Virdon has died at the Lester E. Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 90.
  • Virdon made his MLB debut in 1955, and during his career he played centerfield for teams such as the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Virdon is survived by his wife, three daughters, seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Former MLB player and manager Bill Virdon has died at the Lester E. Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Mo., his wife, Shirley, told The Associated Press.

Virdon was born on June 9, 1931, in Hazel Park, Mich., and was 90 years old. No cause of death has been released at this time.

Virdon made his MLB debut in 1955 and during his career he played centerfield for teams such as the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. During his time on the Pirates, he won a World Series in 1960 and a Gold Glove in 1962.


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"Bill Virdon was a man who took such great pride in being a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates family," Pirates chairman Bob Nutting said in a statement. "Every fan who followed our 1960 team will always remember the instrumental role that he played to bring a third World Series championship to the city of Pittsburgh.”

Following his retirement from playing, Virdon turned to managing teams. While manager of the New York Yankees, Virdon won the AL Manager of the Year award in 1974, and he went on to win the NL Manager of the Year award in 1980 while managing the Houston Astros.

Virdon is survived by his wife, three daughters, seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


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Published on Nov 24, 2021