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Daniel Edward "Danny" Murtaugh
Birth: Oct. 8, 1917
Chester
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 2, 1976
Chester
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA

Major League Baseball Player, Manager. Played Major League Baseball as a 2nd Baseman for 9 seasons (1941 to 1943, 1946 to 1951) with the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates. A great fielding, no-hit infielder whose gritty determination allowed him to play longer that his natural skills would have carried him, he led the National League in Stolen Bases (18), as a Rookie in 1941 with the Phillies while hitting only .219. Played as the Phils regular 2nd baseman in 1942 and 1943, but would miss the next 3 seasons while serving in the US Army during World War II, seeing combat in Europe. Upon his return in 1946 he played in 6 Games for the Phils, who sent him to the Braves. He managed to get into only 3 Games in 1947 with Boston, who let him go after the season. Joining the Pirates in 1948, he began his long association with Pittsburgh as a player, coach and manager. In his first season with them he would lead all National League 2nd Baseman in fielding chances, putouts and fielding percentage. After three more years he retired as an active player, and was given a job as a manager in the Pirates farm system. In the middle of the 1957 season he was named the Pirates manager, beginning his first of 4 separate stints at the helm of the Club. In 1958 he led Pittsburgh to a second place finish, a remarkable feat considering the last time they finished that high was 1944. Danny Murtaugh would win that yearís National League Manager of the Year award. Two years later he piloted the Pirates to their first National League Pennant since 1927, and led them to a 4 games to 3 upset victory of the heavily favored New York Yankees (highlighted by Bill Mazeroskiís dramatic 9th inning Series-winning home run in Game 7). After managing them for the next 4 seasons he stepped down in 1964 due to health reasons (having suffered a heart attack), but remained with the club in an advisory capacity. In 1967 he replaced Harry Walker as the Pirates field leader in mid-season, but again stepped down at seasons end. In 1970, after spending two years in the front office, he accepted the managers job for a third time, having helped build the team from within. He managed the team to another 1st Place finish, but lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Championship Series. He found continued success while fielding such starts as Willie Stargell, Robert Clemente, Dock Ellis and Al Oliver, capturing first the 1971 NL Pennant, then defeating the Baltimore Orioles 4 Games to 3 in the World Series. After winning that Baseball crown he again stepped out of the managerís shoes due to his poor health, but again, for a 4th time, he would come back to managing the Pirates, this time at the tail end of the 1973 season. Pittsburgh would benefit from his continual leadership, and he led the team to 2 more 1st Places finishes in 1974 and 1975 (losing in the NLCS both years). After the end of the 1976 season he retired for the 4th and final time, suffering a stroke and dying only two months later. His career player totals were 767 Games Played, 661 Hits, 263 Runs, 8 Home Runs, 219 RBIs and a .254 Batting Average. His Managerial totals were 1,115 Wins-950 Losses, 2,068 Games Managed, 5 1st Place finishes and 2 World Series Titles. He also managed the National League to victories in the 1961 and 1972 All-Star Games. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 

Cause of death: Stroke
 
Burial:
Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery
Springfield
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 9, Range 67, Lot 137, 3rd from curb
 
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Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Nov 27, 2001
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Daniel Edward Danny Murtaugh
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