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William Adam Meyer

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 170 lb.

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Billy Meyer managed the Louisville Colonels from 1926 to 1928. In 1932, he entered the New York Yankees minor league system where he would stay for the next 16 years. Among his stops were the Kansas City Blues (1938-1941 and 1946-1947) and Newark Bears (1942-1945). By 1946 Meyer was considered the likely replacement for Joe McCarthy with the Yankees [1]. He instead moved up to manage the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1948 to 1952.

Overall, his minor league teams were 1605-1325 in 19 seasons. In 1949 he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

His uniform number, 1, was retired by the Pirates in 1954.

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Preceded by
Bill Burwell
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
1948-1952
Succeeded by
Fred Haney

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1925 Topeka Senators Southwestern League -- -- replaced by Dutch Wetzel on August 7
1926 Louisville Colonels American Association 105-62 1st none League Champs
1927 Louisville Colonels American Association 65-103 7th none
1928 Louisville Colonels American Association 62-106 8th none
1932 Springfield Rifles Eastern League 53-26 1st New York Yankees League disbanded July 17
Binghamton Triplets New York-Penn League 34-28 5th New York Yankees none replaced Heinie Groh (35-43) on July 19
1933 Binghamton Triplets New York-Penn League 79-55 1st New York Yankees none League Champs
1934 Binghamton Triplets New York-Penn League 76-62 2nd New York Yankees
1935 Binghamton Triplets New York-Penn League 75-60 4th New York Yankees League Champs
1936 Oakland Oaks Pacific Coast League 95-81 2nd (t) New York Yankees Lost League Finals
1937 Oakland Oaks Pacific Coast League 79-98 7th New York Yankees
1938 Kansas City Blues American Association 84-67 2nd New York Yankees League Champs
1939 Kansas City Blues American Association 107-47 1st New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1940 Kansas City Blues American Association 95-57 1st New York Yankees Lost League Finals
1941 Kansas City Blues American Association 85-69 3rd New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1942 Newark Bears International League 92-61 1st New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1943 Newark Bears International League 85-68 2nd New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1944 Newark Bears International League 85-69 2nd New York Yankees Lost League Finals
1945 Newark Bears International League 89-64 2nd New York Yankees League Champs
1946 Kansas City Blues American Association -- New York Yankees replaced by Goldie Holt and Burleigh Grimes
1947 Kansas City Blues American Association 93-60 1st New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1948 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 83-71 4th Pittsburgh Pirates
1949 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 71-83 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
1950 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 57-96 8th Pittsburgh Pirates
1951 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 64-90 7th Pittsburgh Pirates
1952 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 42-112 8th Pittsburgh Pirates

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