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The all-time winningest manager in Astros franchise history, Bill Virdon’s cause of death has not been clarifed since he passed away on Tuesday (November 23, 2021) at the age of 90. May the legend rest in heaven.

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by The Pittsburgh Pirates‘ Chairman Bob Nutting in a statement, writing, “Bill Virdon was a man who took such great pride in being a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates family. Every fan who followed our 1960 team will always remember the instrumental role that he played to bring a third World Series championship to the city of Pittsburgh.”

The statement then came to continue, “We are also eternally grateful for everything that Bill did representing the Pirates following his playing days not only as a successful manager but also in helping a countless number of our young players that he so proudly instructed and mentored as a coach and one of our long-time Spring Training guest instructors.”

The all-time winningest manager in Astros franchise history Bill Virdon's cause of death has not been clarifed since he passed away on Tuesday (November 23, 2021) at the age of 90. May the legend rest in heaven.

Nutting added, “We send our thoughts and prayers to Bill’s wife of 70 years, Shirley, his children Debbie Virdon Lutes, Linda Virdon Holmes, and Lisa Virdon Brown, along with his seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.”

He is remembered as a World Series-winner player and a very successful manager and coach following retiring as well as a beloved member of the Pirates organization.

Although Virdon appeared on that 1960 championship team, using his speed to patrol spacious center field at Forbes Field and routinely making fast and well throws with his arm, Virdon’s legacy included more.

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But What Was Bill Virdon’s Cause of Death?

Although there is no reliable report about Bill Virdon’s cause of death, some spread some rumors about the matter. However, US day News is trying to find the latest updates and more information as soon as possible; stay with us.

Some social media sources claim he lost his life due to kidney disease.

The all-time winningest manager in Astros franchise history Bill Virdon's cause of death has not been clarifed since he passed away on Tuesday (November 23, 2021) at the age of 90. May the legend rest in heaven.

However, we do not confirm any rumors; our team is trying to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.

Everyone who met “The Quail,” as Bob Prince dubbed him — a nod to how many infields hits he seemed to get — loved the soft-spoken Virdon, whose in-shape-ness was something that routinely impressed and inspired those around him.

Whether it was as a player or on the other side of the ropes, Virdon also built a ton of relationships and was a universally beloved member of the Pirates family.

Virdon starred for a few different teams throughout his playing career, kicking off with breaking into MLB with the Cardinals in 1955 when he hit .281 with 17 home runs and 68 RBIs to win the National League Rookie of the Year.

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Blocked by Mickey Mantle with the Yankees, Virdon was sold to the Cardinals before the 1954 season. They moved Stan Musial from center field to rely on the rookie.

Virdon was traded for Bobby Del Greco and Dick Littlefield after a slump to start the following season. Virdon caught fire over the final 133 games with the Pirates, hitting .334 and challenging Hank Aaron for the batting title.


Reactions to Passing News of Bill Virdon

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Soon after the heartbreaking news was released, many of Bill Virdon’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

Someone said, “RIP, Bill Virdon, the all-time winningest manager in Astros history, who guided the team from 1975-82, including to their first playoff berth in 1980. Photo: Astros general manager Tal Smith with manager Bill Virdon on the field before game vs the SF Giants at the Astrodome.”

Another wrote, “Former @Montreal_Expos manager Bill Virdon has passed away (June 9, 1931 – Nov 23, 2021). Virdon was named #Expos manager on Oct 12, 1982, earned a reported $100,000, and had a 146-147 record over 2 seasons w/ #NosAmours RIP.”

The all-time winningest manager in Astros franchise history Bill Virdon's cause of death has not been clarifed since he passed away on Tuesday (November 23, 2021) at the age of 90. May the legend rest in heaven.
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Someone penned, “Today our family is mourning the passing of the great Bill Virdon. I loved spending time with Bill and learned so much about the game from him. He and his beloved Shirley were good friends. Baseball lost a good one today.”

A fan also wrote, “RIP amazing person, I had the privilege of playing in a charity golf tournament with him years ago. Such a nice man, loved his family first baseball second #BillVirdon.”

A user tweeted, “RIP Bill Virdon, he told me long time ago: Wherever the Astros send you to manage, make sure they give you a guy who can get those last 3 outs, because nothing crushes a team more, than winning a game for 8 innings and losing it in one.”


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