Tuesday, October 8, 2013

1972 Topps #661: Bill Virdon, MGR, Pittsburgh Pirates

After playing with the Pirates for the majority of his career, Bill Virdon began managing the club in 1972.  That season, Virdon led the defending World Series champions all the way to game 5 of the NLCS before his team was eliminated by the rising Cincinnati Reds team under manager, Sparky Anderson.  Virdon continued to manage the Pirates throughout much of the '73 season before taking another managing position elsewhere.  To this day, Bill Virdon continues to work with the Pirates organization on occasion. 

BV: $12.00
Cost: $3.00
Condition: VG-EX 4.0
Completion: 768 of 787
Comment:  Virdon was a ROY with the St. Louis Cardinals before going to Pittsburgh.  He now lives in the St. Louis area where the Pirates will be competing in game 5 of the NLDS.

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