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|Born: August 11, 1938
|Died: October 21, 1995 (aged 57)
|April 15, 1958 for the Cincinnati Reds
|Last MLB appearance
|September 28, 1975 for the Kansas City Royals
|Runs batted in
|Career highlights and awards
Vada Edward Pinson, Jr. (August 11, 1938 – October 21, 1995) was an American center fielder and coach in Major League Baseball. Pinson played in the major leagues for 18 years, from 1958 through 1975, and his greatest seasons were with the Cincinnati Reds, for whom he played from 1958 to 1968.
Pinson combined power, speed and defensive ability. As a Red, Pinson twice led the National League in hits (1961, 1963), doubles (1959, 1960), and triples (1963, 1967). He batted .343 in 1961, when the Reds won the NL pennant, but mustered only a .091 (2 for 22) average in the 1961 World Series, which Cincinnati lost to the New York Yankees in five games.
Pinson—who batted and threw left-handed—was primarily a center fielder. He appeared in 2,469 games for the Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, California Angels, and Kansas City Royals, notching 2,757 hits and finishing with a career batting average of .286, with 256 home runs and 305 stolen bases. Highly respected throughout the game, he was a coach for the Seattle Mariners (1977–80; 1982–83), Chicago White Sox (1981), Detroit Tigers (1985–91), and Florida Marlins (1993–94) after his playing days ended. He coached on the first-ever editions of both the Mariners and the Marlins.
He was a graduate of Oakland's famed McClymonds High School, attended by Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson (a Pinson teammate in the major leagues for nine years) and Basketball Hall of Fame center Bill Russell. Pinson died of a stroke in 1995, and was interred at Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Richmond, California.
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- 1958: Aaron, Mays, Robinson
- 1959: Aaron, Brandt, Mays
- 1960: Aaron, Mays, Moon
- 1961: Clemente, Mays, Pinson
- 1962: Clemente, Mays, Virdon
- 1963: Clemente, Flood, Mays
- 1964: Clemente, Flood, Mays
- 1965: Clemente, Flood, Mays
- 1966: Clemente, Flood, Mays
- 1967: Clemente, Flood, Mays
- 1968: Clemente, Flood, Mays
- 1969: Clemente, Flood, Rose
- 1970: Agee, Clemente, Rose
- 1971: Bo. Bonds, Clemente, W. Davis
- 1972: Cedeño, Clemente, W. Davis
- 1973: Bo. Bonds, Cedeño, W. Davis
- 1974: Bo. Bonds, Cedeño, Gerónimo
- 1975: Cedeño, Gerónimo, Maddox
- 1976: Cedeño, Gerónimo, Maddox
- 1977: Gerónimo, Maddox, Parker
- 1978: Maddox, Parker, Valentine
- 1979: Maddox, Parker, Winfield
- 1980: Dawson, Maddox, Winfield
- 1981: Baker, Dawson, Maddox
- 1982: Dawson, Maddox, Murphy
- 1983: Dawson, McGee, Murphy
- 1984: Dawson, Dernier, Murphy
- 1985: Dawson, McGee, Murphy
- 1986: Gwynn, McGee, Murphy
- 1987: E. Davis, Dawson, Gwynn
- 1988: E. Davis, Dawson, Van Slyke
- 1989: E. Davis, Gwynn, Van Slyke
- 1990: Ba. Bonds, Gwynn, Van Slyke
- 1991: Ba. Bonds, Gwynn, Van Slyke
- 1992: Ba. Bonds, Van Slyke, Walker
- 1993: Ba. Bonds, Grissom, Walker
- 1994: Ba. Bonds, Grissom, Lewis
- 1995: Finley, Grissom, Mondesí
- 1996: Ba. Bonds, Finley, Grissom
- 1997: Ba. Bonds, Mondesí, Walker
- 1998: Ba. Bonds, Jones, Walker
- 1999: Finley, Jones, Walker
- 2000: Edmonds, Finley, Jones
- 2001: Edmonds, Jones, Walker
- 2002: Edmonds, Jones, Walker
- 2003: Cruz, Edmonds, Jones
- 2004: Edmonds, Finley, Jones
- 2005: Abreu, Edmonds, Jones
- 2006: Beltrán, Cameron, Jones
- 2007: Beltrán, Jones, Francoeur/Rowand
- 2008: Beltrán, McLouth, Victorino
- 2009: Bourn, Kemp, Victorino
- 2010: Bourn, González, Victorino
- 2011: Ethier, Kemp, Parra
- 2012: González, Heyward, McCutchen
Fri, 17 May 2013 13:05:34 -0700
Glenn Burke should have been just another ball player in a long line of “local boy makes good” of which the city of Oakland likes to boast. To name a few, Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, Willie Stargell, Dennis Eckersley, Vada Pinson, Frank Robinson, and ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 09:06:17 -0700
Vada Pinson and Pete Rose were among the outfielders, and Jim Maloney, Milt Pappas, Gary Nolan, and Billy McCool were members of the pitching staff. Helms, a family friend, invited me to watch a series with my favorite team, the San Francisco Giants.
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:40:27 -0700
On this day in Reds history, Wally Post, Vada Pinson, Kal Daniels, and Ron Oester all homered in wins for Cincinnati. Share on Facebook · Tweet post · 2 Comments. On this day in 1894, former Red Kip Selbach made his major league debut with the ...
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:45:21 -0700
Six of the seven Hall of Fame eligibles from that group were inducted (Vada Pinson was the only one who wasn't). The other three: Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez, who should eventually make it in, and Trout. Harper indeed has put himself on that ...
Wed, 08 May 2013 20:37:34 -0700
Vada Pinson had 25 in 1962. Phillips, who had a day off Friday, was batting .289 with five homers and 26 RBIs through 28 games. CF Shin-Soo Choo has been an undesired target in April after being hit 10 times by pitches to break a club report set in 1916.
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:05:18 -0700
Of course, what makes each of the players above Hall of Famers -- and separates them from a Vada Pinson, who probably challenges Harper for that second-to-Trout title with a brilliant age-20 season after 27 decent games at age 19 -- is that each of ...
Baltimore Orioles News
Fri, 03 May 2013 20:04:27 -0700
What does that all mean? Since 1916, seven players have collected at least 34 extra-base hits at that young of an age: Vada Pinson (40), Willie Mays (37), Orlando Cepeda (37), Miguel Cabrera (36), Tony Conigliaro (35), Hank Aaron (34) and Machado.
Lyndy's Sports Annuals
Wed, 01 May 2013 14:34:51 -0700
... on Tuesday as he ramps up a rehab program with his injured right elbow. He reported no discomfort after the workout. … Phillips finished April with 24 RBIs, tied for third in club history. Only Tony Perez (26 in 1970) and Vada Pinson (25 in 1962 ...
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