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Bill Virdon

William Charles Virdon

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: June 9, 1931 in Hazel Park, MI
High School: West Plains HS (West Plains, MO)
School: Drury University (Springfield, MO)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1950. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 12, 1955 (Age 23)   vs. CHC 4 AB, 2 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Lost 1955 [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Cardinals 1955-1968

Final Game: July 31, 1968 (Age 37)   vs. CIN 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Bill Virdon: 91 Career Home Runs

6 leading off, 4 walk-off, 14 tying, 28 go ahead, 4 lacking some details
2 Tms
PIT72
STL19
 
vs RHP74
vs LHP17
 
Away50
Home41
 
Leverage
High Lev20
Medium Lev42
Low Lev25
10 Opps
CIN18
STL16
LAD/BRO13
NYG/SFG10
PHI10
CHC8
MLN6
NYM5
PIT3
HOU2
67 Pitchers
Larry Jackson6
Don Drysdale4
Bob Purkey3
Windy McCall3
Roger Craig3
Robin Roberts2
Hersh Freeman2
Carl Willey2
Murry Dickson2
Al Jackson2
Dick Littlefield2
Bob Buhl2
Juan Marichal2
Jay Hook2
Larry Sherry2
Stu Miller1
Ray Washburn1
Art Fowler1
Ron Taylor1
Ken Johnson1
11 Parks
Forbes Fld28
Sprtsmn3/Busch27
Crosley Fld9
Wrigley Fld6
LA Coliseum5
Ebbets Fld4
Shibe Pk3
Polo Grounds3
Candlestick3
County Stad2
Shea Stad1
Where Hit
961
Unk16
86
76
892
General field locations when available.
 
1 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms85
2·HR gms3
Gms w/ this # = 0 are not shown.
 
OrderPos
1st41
2nd23
5th7
4th6
8th6
7th3
3rd2
6th2
9th1
Outs
041
125
221
Unk4
 
DefPos
CF84
RF5
PH2
Bases
---53
1--14
-2-8
12-7
Unk4
-233
1231
--31
 
138 RBI
RISP20
0 on56
1 on24
2 on10
3 on1
Any on35
Inning
19
24
319
45
56
617
711
88
99
Extra3
 
1-332
4-628
7-end31
RelScore
+4..7
+36
+26
+19
Tied23
-113
-28
-39
-4..6
Unk4
 
Ahead28
Tied23
Behind36
Unk4
Before event, for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1955 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1955-04-14 STL MLN Dave Koslo tied 7-7 b 11 0 --- 1 2 8 0.362 100% Walk-Off Home Run
2 2 2 1 1955-05-05 STL @ BRO Clem Labine behind 2-3 t 5 1 --- 1 2 8 0.138 47% Home Run (Fly Ball)
3 3 3 1 1955-05-06 STL MLN Chet Nichols behind 2-3 b 6 0 --- 1 3 8 0.182 58% Home Run
4 4 4 1 1955-05-10 STL PHI Jack Meyer tied 3-3 b 10 1 1-- 2 2 8 0.365 100% Walk-Off Home Run (Deep RF); Stephenson Scores
5 5 5 1 1955-05-16 STL PIT Ron Kline ahead 1-0 b 3 0 --- 1 1 8 0.097 77% Home Run
6 6 6 1 1955-06-15 STL PIT Nellie King b 8 2 4 9
7 7 7 1 1955-06-23 STL PHI Herm Wehmeier ahead 1-0 b 4 0 1-- 2 4 9 0.143 86% Home Run; Musial Scores
8 8 8 1 1955-06-26 (2) STL NYG Windy McCall ahead 5-0 b 5 0 1-- 2 4 9 0.022 99% Home Run; Musial Scores
9 9 9 1 1955-07-05 STL @ CIN Gerry Staley behind 2-3 t 9 0 --- 1 4 8 0.330 50% Home Run
10 10 10 1 1955-07-07 STL @ CIN Hersh Freeman ahead 8-5 t 7 2 --- 1 6 9 0.056 93% Home Run
11 11 11 1 1955-07-19 (1) STL @ NYG Jim Hearn t 3 1 4 9
12 12 12 1 1955-07-29 STL BRO Karl Spooner ahead 2-0 b 6 1 --- 1 5 8 0.071 91% Home Run (Fly Ball)
13 13 13 1 1955-08-03 STL NYG Windy McCall behind 0-1 b 4 2 1-- 2 5 8 0.260 65% Home Run; Repulski Scores
14 14 14 2 1955-08-03 STL NYG Windy McCall behind 2-5 b 7 0 --- 1 5 8 0.092 22% Home Run
15 15 15 1 1955-08-06 STL PHI Murry Dickson behind 0-1 b 4 1 1-- 2 4 8 0.237 67% Home Run; Musial Scores
16 16 16 1 1955-08-12 STL CIN Rudy Minarcin behind 3-5 b 4 1 --- 1 6 8 0.117 40% Home Run
17 17 17 1 1955-09-11 STL PIT Dick Littlefield b 2 1 5 8
1956 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
18 18 1 1 1956-05-12 STL @ CHC Bob Rush behind 5-9 t 6 1 --- 1 7 8 0.046 10% Home Run
19 19 2 1 1956-05-15 STL @ BRO Ed Roebuck behind 2-7 t 6 2 12- 3 8 8 0.124 17% Home Run; Boyer Scores; Repulski Scores
20 20 3 1 1956-06-10 (1) PIT @ STL Willard Schmidt tied 3-3 t 7 0 --- 1 1 8 0.203 70% Home Run
21 21 4 1 1956-07-03 PIT PHI Curt Simmons behind 3-5 b 7 1 --- 1 1 8 0.134 30% Home Run
22 22 5 1 1956-07-12 (1) PIT @ CHC Don Kaiser tied 0-0 t 3 0 --- 1 1 8 0.119 62% Home Run
23 23 6 1 1956-07-22 (1) PIT @ CIN Art Fowler tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.098 60% Lead-Off Home Run
24 24 7 1 1956-08-10 PIT NYG Dick Littlefield tied 2-2 b 8 0 --- 1 1 8 0.272 87% Home Run
25 25 8 1 1956-08-16 PIT @ PHI Robin Roberts ahead 2-0 t 7 2 -2- 2 1 8 0.121 94% Home Run; Mazeroski Scores
26 26 9 1 1956-08-30 PIT @ MLN Bob Buhl tied 0-0 t 1 1 --- 1 2 8 0.108 59% Home Run
27 27 10 1 1956-09-03 (1) PIT @ BRO Roger Craig tied 0-0 t 6 0 --- 1 1 8 0.159 66% Home Run (Line Drive)
1957 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
28 28 1 1 1957-05-19 (1) PIT @ CIN Brooks Lawrence behind 4-7 t 9 2 12- 3 5 8 0.361 39% Home Run (Deep RF); Clemente Scores; Thomas Scores
29 29 2 1 1957-06-18 PIT @ STL Larry Jackson tied 0-0 t 2 0 1-- 2 5 8 0.165 70% Home Run; Thomas Scores
30 30 3 2 1957-06-18 PIT @ STL Larry Jackson ahead 2-0 t 7 0 --- 1 5 8 0.077 90% Home Run
31 31 4 1 1957-06-20 PIT @ STL Murry Dickson behind 1-7 t 8 1 --- 1 3 8 0.005 1% Home Run
32 32 5 1 1957-06-23 (1) PIT @ CIN Hal Jeffcoat behind 1-4 t 3 2 -2- 2 2 8 0.155 34% Home Run (Deep RF); Clemente Scores
33 33 6 1 1957-06-26 (2) PIT @ CHC Moe Drabowsky t 1 1 2 8
34 34 7 1 1957-07-28 (2) PIT @ STL Larry Jackson behind 0-3 t 3 1 -23 3 2 8 0.192 47% Home Run; Peterson Scores; Fondy Scores
35 35 8 1 1957-08-17 PIT @ BRO Don Drysdale ahead 6-3 t 8 0 --- 1 7 8 0.036 96% Home Run (Fly Ball)
1958 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
36 36 1 1 1958-05-20 PIT CHC Hersh Freeman ahead 6-0 b 3 2 --- 1 1 8 0.017 97% Home Run (Deep RF)
37 37 2 1 1958-06-07 PIT @ CHC Taylor Phillips tied 2-2 t 8 2 --- 1 1 8 0.294 71% Home Run
38 38 3 1 1958-07-04 (1) PIT @ CIN Don Newcombe ahead 2-0 t 3 0 --- 1 1 8 0.082 79% Home Run (Deep RF)
39 39 4 1 1958-07-04 (2) PIT @ CIN Bob Purkey behind 1-3 t 3 0 --- 1 1 8 0.100 39% Home Run (Deep CF)
40 40 5 1 1958-08-03 (1) PIT STL Sal Maglie ahead 1-0 b 6 1 --- 1 1 8 0.114 84% Home Run (CF-RF)
41 41 6 1 1958-08-06 PIT @ MLN Carl Willey tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.105 60% Lead-Off Home Run
42 42 7 1 1958-08-24 (2) PIT @ STL Bob Mabe tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.096 60% Lead-Off Home Run (Deep RF)
43 43 8 1 1958-09-02 PIT PHI Don Cardwell tied 0-0 b 6 1 --- 1 1 8 0.185 73% Home Run
44 44 9 1 1958-09-05 PIT MLN Carl Willey tied 0-0 b 10 0 --- 1 1 8 0.366 100% Walk-Off Home Run (Deep RF)
1959 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
45 45 1 1 1959-04-22 PIT CIN Orlando Pena behind 4-7 b 7 2 12- 3 1 8 0.405 52% Home Run; Burgess Scores; Law Scores
46 46 2 1 1959-05-23 PIT CIN Don Rudolph ahead 3-0 b 2 2 12- 3 2 8 0.121 95% Home Run; Hoak Scores; Mejias Scores
47 47 3 1 1959-06-04 PIT STL Tom Cheney ahead 7-3 b 6 1 1-- 2 1 8 0.032 99% Home Run (Deep RF); Kline Scores
48 48 4 1 1959-07-19 PIT SFG Stu Miller tied 2-2 b 8 0 --- 1 8 8 0.266 87% Home Run
49 49 5 1 1959-08-06 PIT @ STL Jack Urban ahead 10-2 t 9 1 12- 3 8 8 0.000 100% Home Run (Deep RF); Burgess Scores; Hoak Scores
50 50 6 1 1959-08-23 (2) PIT LAD Larry Sherry behind 0-1 b 5 0 --- 1 8 8 0.158 57% Home Run (Fly Ball)
51 51 7 1 1959-09-17 PIT @ STL Larry Jackson ahead 4-0 t 6 1 -2- 2 8 8 0.048 97% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to LF (Deep LF); Mazeroski Scores/unER
52 52 8 1 1959-09-27 PIT @ CIN Jay Hook behind 0-3 t 3 0 --- 1 8 8 0.083 29% Home Run (Deep CF)
1960 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
53 53 1 1 1960-06-17 PIT @ LAD Stan Williams ahead 1-0 t 6 0 --- 1 1 8 0.120 78% Home Run (Fly Ball)
54 54 2 1 1960-07-08 (1) PIT @ PHI John Buzhardt ahead 1-0 t 3 0 --- 1 1 8 0.105 72% Home Run (Deep RF)
55 55 3 1 1960-07-17 (2) PIT CIN Cal McLish tied 0-0 b 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.103 65% Lead-Off Home Run (Deep RF)
56 56 4 1 1960-07-19 PIT @ LAD Don Drysdale ahead 1-0 t 2 2 --3 2 1 8 0.164 76% Home Run (Fly Ball); Mazeroski Scores
57 57 5 1 1960-07-25 PIT @ STL Larry Jackson behind 0-1 t 6 1 --- 1 1 8 0.164 47% Home Run (Deep RF)
58 58 6 1 1960-07-26 PIT @ STL Bob Gibson ahead 3-0 t 7 1 -2- 2 1 PH 0.063 97% Home Run (Deep RF); Mazeroski Scores
59 59 7 1 1960-08-15 PIT PHI Art Mahaffey behind 2-3 b 7 1 --- 1 1 8 0.245 55% Home Run (Deep RF)
60 60 8 1 1960-09-20 (1) PIT @ PHI Robin Roberts ahead 2-0 t 6 0 --- 1 1 8 0.083 88% Home Run (Deep RF)
1961 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
61 61 1 1 1961-04-11 PIT @ SFG Mike McCormick behind 5-7 t 9 2 12- 3 1 8 0.741 81% Home Run (Deep RF); Schofield Scores; Mejias Scores
62 62 2 1 1961-04-15 PIT @ LAD Don Drysdale tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.093 59% Lead-Off Home Run (Fly Ball)
63 63 3 2 1961-04-15 PIT @ LAD Larry Sherry ahead 3-0 t 7 2 --- 1 1 8 0.056 93% Home Run (Fly Ball)
64 64 4 1 1961-05-13 PIT CIN Jay Hook ahead 7-5 b 6 0 --- 1 1 8 0.066 91% Home Run (Deep CF-RF)
65 65 5 1 1961-06-06 PIT @ LAD Roger Craig tied 1-1 t 4 2 12- 3 1 8 0.291 78% Home Run (Fly Ball); Hoak Scores; Gibbon Scores
66 66 6 1 1961-06-27 PIT LAD Johnny Podres behind 0-2 b 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.097 45% Lead-Off Home Run (Line Drive)
67 67 7 1 1961-07-01 PIT SFG Jack Sanford behind 0-1 b 3 2 -2- 2 1 8 0.221 64% Home Run (Deep RF); Mazeroski Scores
68 68 8 1 1961-07-03 PIT @ CIN Jim Maloney behind 0-3 t 6 1 1-- 2 1 8 0.163 30% Home Run (Deep RF); Shantz Scores
69 69 9 1 1961-09-03 PIT @ STL Al Cicotte ahead 7-1 t 5 2 --- 1 7 8 0.020 97% Home Run (Deep RF)
1962 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
70 70 1 1 1962-05-17 PIT MLN Bob Shaw behind 0-7 b 7 0 --- 1 1 8 0.010 2% Home Run
71 71 2 1 1962-05-18 PIT CIN Bob Purkey behind 0-1 b 3 2 --- 1 1 8 0.124 51% Home Run (Deep RF)
72 72 3 1 1962-06-13 PIT @ CHC Cal Koonce tied 2-2 t 6 1 -23 3 1 8 0.222 85% Home Run (Deep RF); Hoak Scores; Mazeroski Scores
73 73 4 1 1962-08-23 PIT HOU Ken Johnson tied 0-0 b 3 2 1-- 2 1 8 0.213 74% Home Run; Law Scores
74 74 5 1 1962-08-26 (1) PIT @ STL Ray Washburn ahead 1-0 t 3 0 1-- 2 1 8 0.143 78% Home Run (Deep RF); Haddix Scores
75 75 6 1 1962-08-28 PIT CHC Bob Buhl behind 3-6 b 5 0 --- 1 1 8 0.097 29% Home Run (Deep RF)
1963 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
76 76 1 1 1963-06-01 PIT @ NYM Don Rowe ahead 8-1 t 9 2 -2- 2 2 8 0.001 100% Home Run; Schofield Scores
77 77 2 1 1963-06-05 (2) PIT CIN Bob Purkey tied 0-0 b 1 0 1-- 2 2 8 0.170 75% Home Run (Deep RF); Schofield Scores
78 78 3 1 1963-06-28 PIT NYM Roger Craig tied 0-0 b 3 2 1-- 2 2 8 0.237 76% Home Run; Schofield Scores
79 79 4 1 1963-07-06 PIT @ NYM Al Jackson tied 2-2 t 8 0 -23 3 2 8 0.166 94% Home Run; Stargell Scores; Schofield Scores
80 80 5 1 1963-08-09 (2) PIT HOU Bob Bruce behind 2-3 b 3 0 --- 1 2 8 0.136 55% Home Run
81 81 6 1 1963-08-17 PIT PHI Dallas Green ahead 1-0 b 3 1 --- 1 2 8 0.109 77% Home Run
82 82 7 1 1963-09-01 PIT CIN Al Worthington behind 2-4 b 9 2 123 4 2 8 0.839 100% Walk-Off Home Run (Deep RF); Bailey Scores; Mota Scores; Schofield Scores
83 83 8 1 1963-09-02 (2) PIT @ STL Ron Taylor behind 0-4 t 3 1 --- 1 2 8 0.059 17% Home Run
1964 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
84 84 1 1 1964-04-24 PIT NYM Al Jackson ahead 6-3 b 6 0 -2- 2 2 8 0.037 98% Home Run; Schofield Scores/unER
85 85 2 1 1964-07-23 PIT @ STL Mike Cuellar ahead 4-3 t 5 0 --- 1 2 8 0.115 76% Home Run
86 86 3 1 1964-08-19 PIT @ NYM Tracy Stallard behind 0-4 t 9 0 1-- 2 2 8 0.036 6% Home Run; Bailey Scores
1965 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
87 87 1 1 1965-04-21 PIT @ SFG Juan Marichal behind 1-3 t 8 1 --- 1 2 8 0.098 19% Home Run
88 88 2 1 1965-07-24 PIT @ CHC Larry Jackson behind 1-2 t 3 1 --- 1 2 8 0.123 48% Home Run
89 89 3 1 1965-08-10 PIT @ SFG Juan Marichal behind 1-4 t 9 0 -2- 2 2 8 0.082 15% Home Run; Bailey Scores
90 90 4 1 1965-09-01 (2) PIT LAD Don Drysdale behind 0-1 b 6 0 --- 1 2 8 0.197 57% Home Run
1968 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
91 91 1 1 1968-07-23 PIT CIN Ted Abernathy behind 3-5 b 9 1 1-- 2 9 PH 0.482 56% Home Run; Pagan Scores

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