Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bill "The Milkshake Man" Virdon

Bill Virdon began his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955 (he was the Rookie of the Year, by the way) and would remain there until the next year. 1956 was also the year he began his first year with the Pirates, where he would play until 1965, and again in 1968.

After his playing days Virdon spent many years as a manager:

Pittsburgh Pirates (1972-1973)
New York Yankees (1974-1975)
Houston Astros (1975-1982) *brought the Astros from last place in 1975 to a divisional championship in 1980.
Montreal Expos (1983-1984)

Career highlights and awards:
World Series champion (1960)
Gold Glove Award winner (1962)
1955 NL Rookie of the Year
Led NL in triples in 1962 with 10

Sent off TTM on 3/7/00; received 3/20/00


  1. I'm not sure. If I had to guess I would say right around 2000 or 2001. Could have been a year or two earlier. I used to send out cards alot during that time, then stopped for about seven years. He also sent something the size of a post card with him in a Pirates uniform.