Bill Virdon Death – Bill Virdon, of Springfield, Missouri, who was a former manager for the New York Yankees baseball team, has passed away at the age of 90. Bill was announced dead on the official Facebook page of St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. He was an outfielder who won National League Rookie of the Year for St. Louis in 1955. He also managed the Houston Astros to three consecutive postseason appearances. He was a native of West Plains and a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
According to His wife, Shirley, Bill was pronounced dead at Lester E. Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri. He was a former MLB outfielder who played as .267 hitter St. Louis and Pittsburgh Pirates for 12 seasons. He won a world series with the Pirates in 1960 and also won a Gold Glove in 1962. He became a coach in 1968 after he retired from playing. His coaching career spanned 13 years that featured spending his time with Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Yankees, Houston and Montreal.
The best moment of his career was during an eight-year run with the Astros as a coach from 1975-1982. when he led the the team to its first post-season appearances, which ended with five-game losses. Houston Astros lost to Philadelphia at the National League Championship Series in 1980. Bill remains the wins leader for Houston’s career as a manager. He received an award of the National League Manager of the Year in 1980 after leading the Astros to the NL West title after winning the Los Angeles Dodgers in a one-game playoff. Bill Virdon obituary and funeral will be announced by the family.
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