Bill Virdon passes away...

terrynever

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Great defensive CF, similar to Pillar or Kiermaier. The National League was loaded with great outfielders during Virdon’s prime but he held his own. Mays and Flood were in their own league. Virdon could run with almost anyone.
 

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While managing the Yankees in 1974, he was known among the players as Mr. Milkshake or The Milkshake Man. It was the only drink that would soothe Virdon's ulcers. (as written by Sparky Lyle in his book, The Bronx Zoo).

In the eigth inning of the 7th Game of the 1960 World Series, Virdon hit the potential double play ground ball to Tony Kubek which hit a pebble and struck Kubek in the throat, thus extending the inning for the Pirates:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQeawXYw1ZY
 

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Smaller moments? That play was the Dave Roberts steal for Boston in 2004. Only more since it’s bottom of eighth in 7th game of WS, trailing by three runs. Not sure if any WS play has impacted a 7th game as much.
 

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Smaller moments? That play was the Dave Roberts steal for Boston in 2004. Only more since it’s bottom of eighth in 7th game of WS, trailing by three runs. Not sure if any WS play has impacted a 7th game as much.
Do you mean a play that wasn't a walk-off?

Because if you didn't, then guys like Bill Mazeroski, Gene Larkin, and Luis Gonzalez may disagree.
 

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Do you mean a play that wasn't a walk-off?

Because if you didn't, then guys like Bill Mazeroski, Gene Larkin, and Luis Gonzalez may disagree.
I meant any play. Pirates were down 7-4 with six outs left when Virdon hit a hard DP grounder at Kubek. Their odds for winning had to be in the 20 percent range. But they left that inning leading 9-7, thanks to a rock-hard infield the Pirates cultivated at Forbes Field in those days.
Hal Smith’s three-run homer after the Kubek play was considered a bigger hit in that game than Maz’s walk-off homer.