Bill Adair

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  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 190 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill Adair hit 20 or more homers three times in a 21-year career as a player in the minors (1935-1956). He was a minor league manager for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, and Atlanta Braves, and also managed in the minors for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, and Montreal Expos. Overall, he compiled a record of 1611-1305 over 21 seasons (1949-1973) in the minor leagues.

Adair was also a big league coach with the Milwaukee Braves (1962), Atlanta Braves (1967), White Sox (1970), and Expos (1976). Adair posted a 4-6 record as interim skipper of the 1970 Chicago White Sox.

He was also a scout for the Expos in the late 1970s and early 1980s, working from his home in St. Petersburg, FL. He signed two of the best players in franchise history during those years, Andre Dawson from Florida A&M in 1975 and Tim Raines from Sanford, FL in 1977.

He primarily wore number 44.

Preceded by
Don Gutteridge
Chicago White Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Chuck Tanner

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1941 Montgomery Rebels Southeastern League 1-2 -- none -- Replaced Neil Caldwell (20-28) on June 2
Replaced by Pee Wee Wanninger (45-32) on June 5
1949 Owensboro Oilers KITTY League 82-40 1st Boston Braves Lost in 1st round
1950 Bluefield Blue-Grays Appalachian League 80-40 1st Boston Braves Lost in 1st round
1951 Eau Claire Bears Northern League 77-44 1st Boston Braves Lost League Finals
1952 Eau Claire Bears Northern League 72-53 3rd Boston Braves Lost in 1st round
1953 El Dorado Oilers Cotton States League 67-59 2nd none Lost League Finals
1954 El Dorado Oilers Cotton States League 79-39 2nd none League Champs
1955 Panama City Fliers Alabama-Florida League 73-47 1st Milwaukee Braves League Champs
1956 Valdosta Tigers Georgia-Florida League 94-45 1st Detroit Tigers none League Champs
1957 Augusta Tigers South Atlantic League 98-56 1st Detroit Tigers Lost League Finals
1958 Augusta Tigers South Atlantic League 30-21 -- Detroit Tigers replaced by Stan Charnofsky (1-1) on June 10
Charleston Senators American Association 56-41 1st Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round replaced Bill Norman (33-21) on June 10
1959 Charleston Senators American Association 77-84 7th Detroit Tigers
1960 Louisville Colonels American Association 75-60 2nd Milwaukee Braves League Champs replaced Ben Geraghty (10-8) May 6
1963 Toronto Maple Leafs International League 76-75 6th Milwaukee Braves Lost in 1st round
1964 Denver Bears Pacific Coast League 80-78 8th Milwaukee Braves
1965 Atlanta Crackers International League 83-64 2nd Milwaukee Braves Lost in 1st round
1966 Richmond Braves International League 75-72 4th Atlanta Braves Lost League Finals
1968 Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League 78-69 3rd Chicago White Sox
1969 Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League 60-86 7th Chicago White Sox
1970 Chicago White Sox American League 4-6 -- Chicago White Sox replaced Don Gutteridge (49-87) on September 1
replaced by Chuck Tanner on September 18
1971 Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League 73-73 4th (t) San Diego Padres
1972 Peninsula Whips International League 56-88 8th Montreal Expos
1973 Peninsula Whips International League 72-74 4th Montreal Expos
milb Totals 22 Seasons 1,614-1,310 4 League Championships

He also managed the Milwaukee franchise in the Florida East Coast Instructional League in 1964 (22-25 3rd place).

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