BILL RIGNEY

Game 38 | May 12, 1954 | Bill Rigney
The former New York Giant infielder took over as manager of the Minneapolis Millers for the 1954 season and led them to a 3rd place finish. It was interesting that he followed Billy Martin as a Dunkers guest in that he followed Martin as the manager of the Minnesota Twins in 1970..


Game 50 | January 23, 1956 | Bill Rigney, Eddie Stanky
This was a return engagement for both guests. Rigney, following the success of the 1955 Millers, was named to succeed Leo Duroucher as New York Giants manager in 1956. His successor with the Millers was Stanky who led the team in the first season in the new Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.


Game 132 | May 11, 1965 | Bill Rigney
The former Giant and Miller infielder and manager; Rigney managed the expansion Los Angeles Angels from 1961-1969. He was the American League Manager of the Year in 1962.


Game 178 | October 29, 1969 | Rosy Ryan, Bill Rigney
When Billy Martin was abruptly fired after the 1969 season, the region was covered with stickers urging the Twins to "Bring Billy Back." They did bring back a Bill in the form of one-time Millers manager Rigney. The team won the American League Western Division under Rigney in 1970. Midway through the 1972 season he was fired in favor of Frank Quilici. Ryan, a former major league pitcher, was the longtime general manager of the Minneapolis Millers.


Game 190 | January 19, 1971 | Foster Brooks, Bill Rigney, Gene Autry, Joe Cronin
Brooks emceed the annual Mid-Winter Baseball Banquet. Autry, America's "Singing Cowboy," became owner of the expansion Los Angeles Angels when they were created in 1961. The Angels retired the number 26 in his honor as the 26th man on a 25-man roster. Rigney was on his way to a fifth-place finish in his second year as Twins manager, and Cronin, a Hall of Fame shortstop with the Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox, was American League president from 1959-1973.


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