June 9, 1931—November 23, 2021

Bill Virdon was not just an accomplished baseball player, he was also a talented baseball manager.  Virdon managed Pittsburgh (1972-73), the New York Yankees (1974-75), Houston (1975-82) and Montreal (1983-84).

Bill Virdon has spent his entire life teaching the game of baseball.  He began his playing days with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955 in their minor league system.  A lifetime .267 hitter, Virdon hit 91 home runs and collected 502 run batted in, playing in 1,583 major league games.

His accomplishments include the 1955 National League Rookie of the Year, a Gold Glove in 1962, Major League Manager of the Year by the Sporting News and the AP on two different occasions.

Bill Virdon was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.