Thursday, July 16, 2009

1976 Topps #145 - Houston Astros

  • Bill Virdon managed the Houston Astros from August 1975 to July 1982. The Astros won the NL West under Virdon in 1980. Bill also managed the Pittsburgh Pirates to the NL East title in 1972. His lifetime managerial record (4 teams from 1972-1984) was 995-921.
  • As a player, Bill was the National League Rookie of the Year for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955. He played for the 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates and won a Gold Glove in 1962.
  • The Astros were 80-82 (3rd in NL West) in 1976.

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