Jerry Hairston (hairsje01)
Jerry Wayne Hairston Sr.
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 180 lb.
- High School Gardendale High School
- Debut July 26, 1973
- Final Game September 25, 1989
- Born February 16, 1952 in Birmingham, AL USA
Jerry Hairston played 14 seasons with the Chicago White Sox from 1973 to 1989. He did not have a lot of power or speed, but what he could do was pinch hit; he hit .258 (90 for 349) with 8 home runs as a pinch hitter. He had a grand slam and 6 RBI on October 4, 1981 against the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox were down 12-5 in the 8th inning when Hairston's grand slam off Don Cooper made it 12-9, then in the 9th inning against John Verhoeven, Hairston's single scored 2 runs to give the White Sox the 13-12 win.
Hairston was sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates by White Sox in 1977. Just before the start of 1978, he was sold to the Alacranes de Durango in the Mexican League and played with them in 1978 and 1979, and then with the Piratas de Campeche in 1980 and the Mexico City Reds in 1981. He returned to the White Sox at the end of the 1981 season, being sold again by Durango.
On April 15, 1983, Hairston foiled a perfect game bid by Milt Wilcox of the Detroit Tigers with a base hit with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, the fifth time in MLB history a perfect game bid was lost with one out to go.
After his playing days were done, Hairston spent seven seasons as a manager in the Sox farm system (he had managed in Mexico in between major league stints). In 2006, he was the hitting coach of the Great Falls White Sox, and the next year he assumed the same role with the Bristol White Sox, a job he still had in 2010. In 2012, he was promoted to assistant hitting coach for the White Sox under new manager Robin Ventura and stayed in that position in 2013 as well. In 2017, he was listed as an assistant coach under Ventura's successor, Rick Renteria.
- Son of Sammy Hairston
- Brother of Johnny Hairston
- Brother of Sam Hairston Jr. (2B in Chicago White Sox chain 1966)
- Father of Jerry Hairston Jr.
- Father of Scott Hairston
- Uncle of Jason Hairston and John Hairston Jr.
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1980||Piratas de Campeche||Mexican League||--||none||replaced by Arnoldo Castro|
|1999||AZL White Sox||Arizona League||23-33||7th||Chicago White Sox|
|2000||AZL White Sox||Arizona League||22-33||8th||Chicago White Sox|
|2001||AZL White Sox||Arizona League||23-33||6th||Chicago White Sox|
|2002||AZL White Sox||Arizona League||27-29||5th||Chicago White Sox|
|2003||Bristol White Sox||Appalachian League||33-33||6th||Chicago White Sox|
|2004||Bristol White Sox||Appalachian League||27-38||9th||Chicago White Sox|
|2005||Bristol White Sox||Appalachian League||30-36||6th||Chicago White Sox|