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Danny Murtaugh

Danny Murtaugh

Murtaugh's 1949 Bowman Gum baseball card
Second baseman/Manager
Born: (1917-10-08)October 8, 1917
Chester, Pennsylvania
Died: December 2, 1976(1976-12-02) (aged 59)
Chester, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
July 6, 1941 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 6, 1951 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting average     .254
Hits     661
Runs batted in     219

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Daniel Edward Murtaugh (October 8, 1917 – December 2, 1976) was an American second baseman, manager, front-office executive and coach in Major League Baseball best known for his 29-year association with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a player and manager. He threw and batted right-handed.



Pirates Danny Murtaugh.png
Danny Murtaugh's number 40 was retired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1977.

A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Murtaugh played during nine seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies (1941–43, 1946), Boston Braves (1947) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1948–51).

In his rookie season Murtaugh led National League players in stolen bases (18). He was a .254 career hitter with eight home runs and 219 RBI in 767 games. His most productive season came in 1948, when he hit .290 and posted career highs in RBI (71), runs (56), doubles (21), triples (5) and games played (146). In 1950 he hit .294, also a career-high.

After retiring as a player, he managed the minor league New Orleans Pelicans and Charleston Senators before returning to the Pirates as a coach (1956 through August 4, 1957). He then succeeded Bobby Bragan as manager and would hold the job for all or parts of 15 seasons over four different terms (1957–64, 1967, 1970–71, 1973–76). Murtaugh guided the team to two World Series championships (1960, 1971) and four Eastern Division titles (1970–71, 1974–75). Murtuagh originally retired following the 1964 season, citing health problems. He took a front office job with the Pirates, evaluating players for general manager Joe L. Brown. Murtaugh was pressed into service as an interim manager when Harry Walker was fired during the 1967 season. He then returned to his front office role.

Murtaugh was well aware of the abundance of talent in the system, and asked to reclaim the managing job after Larry Shepard was fired in the last week of the 1969 season. Once he received medical clearance, Murtaugh returned to managing. (Only hours after this re-hiring on October 9, Don Hoak, his third baseman on the 1960 Pirates World Series champions and a manager in the Pirates farm system in 1969, died of a heart attack. Hoak had believed himself a leading contender for the Pirates' managerial job.) He led the Pirates to a National League East Division title in 1970 and 1971, and they won the 1971 World Series. Murtaugh stepped down after the 1971 season and his hand-picked successor, Bill Virdon (his center fielder on the 1960 World Series champions), took over. When Brown fired Virdon in September of 1973, Murtaugh reluctantly came back to managing. He stayed through the 1976 season. He and Brown announced their retirements during the final week of the 1976 season.

As a manager, he compiled a 1,115-950 record in 2068 games (.540), second in Pirates history behind only Fred Clarke.

Murtaugh died in his hometown of a stroke at age 59, two months after retiring. His number 40 was retired by the Pirates in 1977.


  See also


  • "Baseball Pays Its Respects to Murtaugh at Funeral," New York Times, Dec. 7, 1976.

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Preceded by
Lonny Frey
National League Stolen Base Champion
Succeeded by
Pete Reiser
Preceded by
Bobby Bragan
Harry Walker
Alex Grammas
Bill Virdon
Pittsburgh Pirates Managers
Succeeded by
Harry Walker
Larry Shepard
Bill Virdon
Chuck Tanner


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