Danny Murtaugh

Danny Murtaugh
Birthdate 10/08/1917
Death Date 12/02/1976
Debut Year 1957
Year of Induction
Teams Pirates
Position Manager

A two-time World Series champ as a manager, Danny Murtaugh finished with a higher winning percentage than eight Hall of Fame skippers.

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Danny Murtaugh became at big league manager at age 39

Danny Murtaugh became at big league manager at age 39

When Danny Murtaugh retired as a player after 17 professional seasons, he quickly turned to managing. He got his start when Hall of Fame GM Branch Rickey hired him to pilot the Double-A New Orleans Pelicans. After three seasons he moved up to Triple-A as the manager of the Charleston Senators. It wa
Murtaugh guided the 1960 Pirates to an improbable championship.

Murtaugh guided the 1960 Pirates to an improbable championship.

By 1960, Danny Murtaugh was a 42-year old with three years experience as a major league manager. The pitching staff featured a pair of aces in Cy Young Award winner Vern Law and 18-game winner Bob Friend. In the back end of the bullpen was fireman Roy Face who posted 24 saves and 10 wins. The offens
Danny Murtaugh has the credentials for Cooperstown.

Danny Murtaugh has the credentials for Cooperstown.

Danny Murtaugh’s managerial record certainly seems to warrant inclusion in Baseball’s Hall of Fame. His Pirate teams finished first or second seven times. Murtaugh helped Pittsburgh to 5 division championships and won two World Series titles. Armed with a winning percentage better than e
Fifteen of the 23 managers with 2+ World Series rings are in the Hall of Fame

Fifteen of the 23 managers with 2+ World Series rings are in the Hall of Fame

Danny Murtaugh is among the select group of 23 managers who’ve guided teams to more than one World Series title. Fifteen of those 23 skippers are in the Hall of Fame. Murtaugh is still on the outside looking in. Many remember his 1960 Pirates team that beat the Yankees in the Fall Classic. Despite

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