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William Ellis Russell
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 175 lb.
- High School Pittsburg (KS) High School
- Debut April 7, 1969
- Final Game October 1, 1986
- Born October 21, 1948 in Pittsburg, KS USA
 Biographical Information
Bill Russell played shortstop for the Dodgers from 1972 to 1983, replacing legend Maury Wills early in the 1972 season. A steady player, Russell was sometimes criticized for making too many errors. The truth is, however, that the Dodger Stadium infield during those years was composed of crushed brick which gave it a beautiful red appearance but was very rough and produced many bad hops.
Russell came up as the Dodgers' fourth outfielder in 1969-1970, playing mostly right field but also some center field. In 1971 he split his time largely between outfield and second base, and so it was only in his fourth major league season when he became an everyday shortstop. Davey Lopes, who was to become the Dodgers' second baseman, was also a minor league outfielder and the two of them were outfielders together on the 1970 Spokane Indians.
After his playing career, Russell managed the Dodgers for parts of three seasons (1996-1998). Because Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda had each managed for so long, there was an expectation that Russell might also manage for 20 years, but the Dodgers were not disposed to allow that.
"Bill Russell, then, is really a historical one-of-a-kind, the only major league outfielder to convert to shortstop and have a solid career." -- Bill James, in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
 Notable Achievements
- 3-time NL All-Star (1973, 1976 & 1980)
- Won a World Series with the the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981
- Post-season Appearances: 1 (1996, Wild Card)
|Los Angeles Dodgers Manager
 Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1992||Albuquerque Dukes||Pacific Coast League||65-78||8th||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1993||Albuquerque Dukes||Pacific Coast League||71-72||5th||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1996||Los Angeles Dodgers||National League||49-37||2nd||Los Angeles Dodgers||Lost NLDS||replaced Tom Lasorda (41-35) on June 25|
|1997||Los Angeles Dodgers||National League||88-74||2nd||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1998||Los Angeles Dodgers||National League||36-38||--||Los Angeles Dodgers||replaced by Glenn Hoffman on June 22|
|1999||Orlando Rays||Southern League||70-68||5th||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||League Champs|
|2001||Shreveport Swamp Dragons||Texas League||54-81||8th||San Francisco Giants|
 Further Reading
- Bill Russell (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget," Baseball Digest (February 1984), pp. 83-85