Born: January 29,
1918 in Alameda, CA
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Bill Rigney, the first manager of the Giants after they moved from New York to San Francisco, died Tuesday (February 20, 2001). He was 83.
Rigney was admitted to John Muir Hospital Nov. 18 with pneumonia, one year after he was diagnosed with lymphoma. His death was announced by the Oakland Athletics, who had employed him since 1982 as a broadcaster and a special assistant to team president Roy Eisenhart.
Rigney was an infielder with the New York Giants from 1946-53, hitting .259 with 41 homers. He served as the Giants' manager from 1956-60, leading the club in its first season after moving from New York to San Francisco.
``Baseball and the San Francisco Giants have lost one of their greatest treasures,'' Giants owner Peter Magowan said. ``Bill Rigney, along with Horace Stoneham, Chub Feeney and Russ Hodges, personified the Giants when they moved West in 1958.
``He was our first manager in San Francisco, and he had remained our last link to that era of our franchise's history. Rig was a baseball man through and through. He was a wonderful storyteller and a warm, thoughtful human being.''
Rigney later managed the Los Angeles Angels (1961-69), winning the 1962 AL Manager of the Year award, and the Minnesota Twins (1970-72), leading them to the 1970 AL West title.
Rigney also was a scout with the Padres and the Angels before a second managerial stint with the Giants in 1976. He served briefly as a radio and television broadcaster for the A's in the 1980s.
Until his health deteriorated, Rigney was a frequent presence in the Athletics' clubhouse.
``We loved to have him around,'' Oakland manager Art Howe said. ``He had so much knowledge. He was such a great baseball guy. He's seen everything that can happen in this game. He always had good, sound advice. You would always come out feeling good about things after you talked with him.''