Bill Posedel

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William John Posedel
(Sailor Bill or Barnacle Bill)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Barnacle Bill Posedel won 20 games for the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League in 1936 (20-10, 2.82) and 1937 (21-12, 3.09).

He was a long-time coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1949-1953), St. Louis Cardinals (1954-1957), Philadelphia Phillies (1958), San Francisco Giants (1959-1960), Oakland A's (1968-1972), and San Diego Padres (1974). He appears in the 1952 Topps baseball card set as a coach for the Pirates.

He was also a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1948, the Cleveland Indians in 1961, and Kansas City A's from 1962 to 1967, during which time he stepped in briefly as the manager of the Daytona Beach Islanders in 1964 and the Lewiston Broncs in 1965.

Posedel served in the Navy twice, 1925-1929 and January 1942 to October 1945.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Gregory H. Wolf: "Bill Posedel", in Chip Greene, ed.: Mustaches and Mayhem, Charlie O's Three-Time Champions: The Oakland Athletics 1972-74, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 291-296. ISBN 978-1-943816-07-1

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