Billy Gardner

William Frederick Gardner (born July 19, 1927) is an American former professional baseball player, coach and manager. During his ten-season active career in the Major Leagues, Gardner was a scrappy, light-hitting second baseman for the New York Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. His only significant time on any team was with Baltimore, where he spent four straight full seasons from 1956–59. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg). After retiring as a player, he spent over 20 years as a coach or manager, and managed the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals during the 1980s.

Billy Gardner
Billy Gardner 1957
Second baseman / Manager
Born: July 19, 1927 (age 91)
Waterford, Connecticut
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 22, 1954, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 11, 1963, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.237
Home runs41
Runs batted in271
Managerial record330–417
Winning %.442
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

MLB playing career

Gardner was signed by the Giants in 1945 and came up with them on April 22, 1954, but he could not break into the contending team's lineup. In early 1956, he was purchased by the Orioles. Gardner picked up a career-high of 10 steals, but in his best season of 1957, he led the league in doubles with 36, and at bats with 644. He played in every one of the 154 games that season, batting .262 with 6 home runs and 55 RBIs. In his career, Gardner also came in the top 10 in hit by pitches twice (1956 and 195757), with a career-high of 8 in 1957 (fifth in the league).

He wound up as a utility infielder with 1961 Yankees, winning the 1961 World Series with them against the Cincinnati Reds. In his one and only at bat of the post-season, he lined out to shortstop in the ninth inning of Game 2. The Yankees lost the game 6–2. Gardner ended his career with two years on the Red Sox, picking up 70 hits with them in 283 at bats. Nicknamed "Shotgun" for his rifle arm,[1] Gardner led American League second basemen in fielding percentage in 1957 (.987), including 55 consecutive errorless games, and finished with a .976 fielding mark all-time. In all or parts of ten seasons, Gardner batted .237 with 41 home runs and 271 RBIs in 1034 games played. He picked up 841 hits, with 159 doubles and 18 triples in 3544 career at bats. He finished with 19 career steals.

As a manager and coach

After finishing his career with the Red Sox, Gardner stayed in the Boston organization for eight more seasons as a minor league coach and manager (1964; 1967–71) and Major League third-base coach (1965–66).[2] He then managed in the Kansas City Royals farm system from 1972 to 1976, coached at first base for the Montreal Expos in 1977–78, and was a skipper in the Montreal farm system in 1979–80.

Gardner rejoined the Twins as a third-base coach for the 1981 season. He was promoted to manager on May 23, 1981, replacing Johnny Goryl, and served until June 21, 1985, never leading Minnesota to the playoffs and avoiding a losing record only once (1984, at 81–81). Gardner incorporated young players such as Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett, Frank Viola and Tim Laudner into the Twin lineup, beginning the foundation of the club's two World Series clubs to come. After a 268–353 record with Minnesota, Gardner received a second chance to manage with the 1987 Royals. Gardner initially signed as the Royals' 1987 third-base coach, but terminally ill Royals manager Dick Howser, diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor during the summer of 1986, was forced to retire during spring training, and Gardner was promoted to fill the vacancy. He was fired on August 28 of that year after going 62–64, and John Wathan took over. His career record as a manager was 330–417, a .442 winning percentage.

His son, Billy Jr., a former minor league infielder, is a coach in the Washington Nationals' organization. From 2014–17, Gardner Jr. was the skipper of the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League, the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate,[3] and spent 23 consecutive seasons as a minor league pilot.

See also


  1. ^ Ellis, Jim, This Shotgun Protects the Birds, Baseball Digest, June 1958, pp. 25–29
  2. ^ The Day, Stamford, Connecticut, 1966-10-01
  3. ^ Nats

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Billy Herman
Boston Red Sox third-base coach
Succeeded by
Eddie Popowski
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Eddie Popowski
Pittsfield Red Sox manager
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Franchise relocated
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Eddie Kasko
Louisville Colonels manager
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Darrell Johnson
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Matt Sczesny
Pawtucket Red Sox (Eastern League) manager
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Don Lock
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Ray Hathaway
Jacksonville Suns manager
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Bill Scripture
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Harry Malmberg
Omaha Royals manager
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John Sullivan
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Larry Doby
Montreal Expos first-base coach
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Felipe Alou
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Felipe Alou
Memphis Chicks manager
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Larry Bearnarth
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Jack McKeon
Denver Bears manager
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Felipe Alou
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Karl Kuehl
Minnesota Twins third-base coach
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Karl Kuehl
1954 New York Giants (MLB) season

The 1954 New York Giants season was the franchise's 72nd season. The Giants won the National League pennant with a record of 97 wins and 57 losses and then defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

1959 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1959 Baltimore Orioles season was the franchise's sixth season in Baltimore, Maryland, and its 59th overall. It resulted with the Orioles finishing sixth in the American League with a record of 74 wins and 80 losses, 22 games behind the AL champion Chicago White Sox.

1962 Boston Red Sox season

The 1962 Boston Red Sox season was the 62nd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished eighth in the American League (AL) with a record of 76 wins and 84 losses, 19 games behind the AL pennant winner and eventual World Series champion New York Yankees.

1963 Boston Red Sox season

The 1963 Boston Red Sox season was the 63rd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished seventh in the American League (AL) with a record of 76 wins and 85 losses, 28 games behind the AL champion New York Yankees.

1985 Minnesota Twins season

The 1985 Minnesota Twins finished with a record of 77-85, tied for fourth in the American League West, and 14 games behind the division winner and eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

1987 Kansas City Royals season

The 1987 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses.

Fried Buzzard

Fried Buzzard is a live album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded at the Bon Ton Club in Buffalo, NY for the Cadet label in 1965 but not released until 1970.

Great Lakes Loons

The Great Lakes Loons are a Minor League Baseball of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are located in Midland, Michigan, and play their home games at Dow Diamond, which opened in April 2007.

Jimmy Gardner (boxer)

Jimmy Gardner (December 25, 1885 in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland – May 1964) was an Irish boxer in America from 1901 to 1917. Jimmy was the brother of George Gardner, once Light Heavyweight Champion, and Billy Gardner, a boxer as well. He was known as a clever fighter, rather than a power-hitter and only lost four fights in his first eight years. Gardner recorded 61 wins, 36 by knockout, and 8 losses.

Gardner's brother-in-law, Joe Thomas was a middleweight of the teens.

Joe Jones (baseball)

For other persons named Joseph Jones, see Joseph Jones

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For other persons named Joe Jones, see Joe Jones

Joseph Carmack Jones (born December 13, 1941 in Lebanon, Tennessee) is an American retired professional baseball player, coach and manager. He spent all or parts of seven seasons in Major League Baseball as a coach for the Kansas City Royals (1987; 1992; 2005) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1997–2000).A second baseman during his active career, Jones stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 155 pounds (70 kg); he threw and batted right-handed. He graduated from Southeastern High School, Detroit, Michigan, and played varsity baseball at the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in education. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1963 and played for seven seasons in the ChiSox' farm system, appearing in 813 minor league games, with 773 hits in 3,027 at bats for a career batting average of .255. He also pitched one inning for the Tidewater Tides in 1965, giving up one run for an earned run average of 9.00, but was credited with the win. Most of Jones' playing career occurred at the Class A level; he appeared in one game in Triple-A, for the 1967 Indianapolis Indians of the Pacific Coast League, batting five times with one hit, a single.

Jones then served as a minor league manager from 1970 through 1983, leaving the White Sox' organization for the Royals' system in 1979. His managerial record was 629 wins and 545 losses, for a .536 winning percentage in 1,178 games. Twelve of those 14 seasons were spent in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. From 1984–86, Jones was the Royals' field coordinator of minor league instruction, leading to the first of his three separate terms as a member of Kansas City's Major League coaching staff.

In 1987, Jones served as first-base coach for skippers Billy Gardner and John Wathan, then resumed his former role as field coordinator from 1988 through 1996—a nine-year tenure interrupted by service as interim bench coach in 1992 after Glenn Ezell required emergency surgery to repair an aneurysm. From 1997 through early June 2000, Jones was the first-base coach on the Major League staff of Pirates' manager Gene Lamont, a former colleague from the Royals' organization. But Jones was released, along with third-base coach Jack Lind, on June 5, 2000, during a shakeup of Lamont's top aides.Jones then returned to the Royals in 2001 as coordinator of instruction, serving for four seasons in that role, until one final MLB term in 2005 as the Royals' first-base coach. He then worked as a special assistant for player development in the Royals' system in 2006–07.

Johnny Goryl

John Albert Goryl (born October 21, 1933) is an American former infielder, manager and coach in Major League Baseball.

A right-handed batter and thrower who stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg), Goryl apprenticed in the farm systems of the Boston/Milwaukee Braves and Chicago Cubs for seven full seasons beginning in 1951. He played 117 games for the Cubs over three seasons (1957–59), returned to the minor leagues when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, then joined the Minnesota Twins in 1962 for the remainder of his MLB playing career. His finest season was 1963, when he hit .287 with nine home runs in 64 games. Overall, Goryl batted .225 with 134 hits in 276 games over six MLB campaigns.

When his playing career ended, Goryl became a manager in the Twins' farm system (1966–68; 1970–78), and third-base coach of the MLB Twins (1968–69; 1979–80). During his second stint as a Minnesota coach in 1980 he was named successor to manager Gene Mauch on August 25. The Twins won 23 of their final 36 games that season, to improve from sixth to third place in the American League West, but when they faltered coming out of the gate in 1981 — losing 25 of their first 36 games — Goryl was replaced by one of his coaches, Billy Gardner. His career MLB managing record was 34–38 (.472).

After his release from the Twins, Goryl joined the Cleveland Indians' organization as a Major League coach (1982–88; 1997–98) and development official in the Indians' minor league system, continuing into the present day as special adviser/player development. He was inducted in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. Goryl won the Mike Coolbaugh Award in 2012 for his work ethic, knowledge of the game, and mentoring of young players.

List of Kansas City Royals managers

The Kansas City Royals are a franchise based in Kansas City, Missouri. They are members of the Central division of Major League Baseball's American League. The Royals franchise was formed in 1969.

There have been 19 managers for the Royals. Joe Gordon became the first manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1969, serving for one season. Bob Lemon became the first manager who held the title of manager for the Royals for more than one season. Ned Yost has managed more games than any other Royals manager and as many seasons as Dick Howser and Tony Muser. Whitey Herzog, Jim Frey, Howser, and Ned Yost are the only managers to have led the Royals into the playoffs. Three Royals managers—Gordon, Lemon, and Herzog—have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame;In 1970, Gordon was replaced with Charlie Metro. The Royals made their first playoff appearance under Herzog. Four managers have led the Royals into the postseason. Dick Howser led the Royals to their first World Series Championship in 1985. Ned Yost led the Royals into two World Series appearances, in the 2014 World Series, and a Win in the 2015 World Series. Frey, led the Royals to One world series appearance in the 1980 World Series. The highest winning percentage of any manager who managed at least one season was Herzog, with a percentage of .574. The lowest percentage was Bob Schaefer in 2005, although he managed for only 17 games. The lowest percentage of a manager with at least one season with the Royals was Buddy Bell, the manager from 2005 through the 2007 season with a percentage of .399.

The highest win total for a Royals manager is held by Yost, who also holds the record for losses. Tony Peña became the first Royals manager to win the Manager of the Year award, in 2003. The current manager of the Royals is Ned Yost. He was hired on May 13, 2010 after Trey Hillman was fired.

Lou Donaldson at His Best

Lou Donaldson at His Best is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Cadet label in 1966 and performed by Donaldson with Bill Hardman, Billy Gardner, Calvin Newborn and Grady Tate. Day by Day and Be Anything But Be Mine are rarely played but immediately likable standards.

Michigan Battle Cats

The Michigan Battle Cats were a Minor League Baseball team which began playing in the Midwest League in 1995 and called C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek, Michigan, home. The franchise had previously been located in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1994 where they were called the Madison Hatters. Prior to that the team was located in Springfield, Illinois, and was known as the Springfield Cardinals. Upon moving to Battle Creek the team initially sought the name Battle Creek Golden Kazoos to help create a regional tie-in with the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, but legal disputes led to the adoption of the Battle Cats moniker. The team became known as the Battle Creek Yankees beginning with their affiliation with the New York Yankees in 2003, and again changed names and affiliations in 2005 and became the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays. In 2007, citing declining attendance, the team moved to Midland, Michigan and became the Great Lakes Loons.

Musty Rusty

Musty Rusty is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Cadet label in 1965 and performed by Donaldson with Bill Hardman, Billy Gardner, Grant Green, and Ben Dixon.

Pittsfield Red Sox

The Pittsfield Red Sox was the name of an American minor league baseball franchise based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, from 1965 through 1969. It was the Double-A Eastern League affiliate in the Boston Red Sox farm system and produced future Major League Baseball players such as George Scott, Sparky Lyle, Reggie Smith and Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk. The team played at Wahconah Park.

Reaching Out (Dave Bailey album)

Reaching Out is an album by jazz drummer Dave Bailey which was originally released on the Jazztime label in 1961. The album is notable for featuring some of the earliest recorded performances of guitarist Grant Green and was re-released under Green's name as Green Blues in 1973 on the Muse label and under the original title on the Black Lion label with 3 alternate takes in 1989.

Syracuse Mets

The Syracuse Mets are a Minor League Baseball team of the International League (IL) and the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. They are located in Syracuse, New York, and play their home games at NBT Bank Stadium which opened in 1997 and has a seating capacity of 11,071. The Mets are named for their major league affiliate and owner, the New York Mets.

Throughout most of their existence, the team was known as the Syracuse Chiefs, from 1934-1996, then again from 2007-2018, while from 1997 to 2006, they were known as the Syracuse SkyChiefs. The club was rebranded as the Syracuse Mets in October 2018.

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