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Billy Gardner

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William Frederick Gardner
(Whitey or Shotgun)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Billy Gardner debuted in the minors in 1945. He missed the 1946 season due to military service. He later spent a decade in the majors.

After his playing career ended, Gardner was a Boston Red Sox coach in 1965 and 1966. He was a member of the Montreal Expos staff in 1977 and 1978, then managed in their system for a couple of seasons. In 1981, he joined the Minnesota Twins as a coach before replacing Johnny Goryl as manager in mid-season. He remained with the club through 1985, with his best season being a third place .500 finish in 1984. During his stay with the Twins, he was widely credited for helping the development of the group of young players that would form the core of the World Series-winning team of 1987 - players such as Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti and Tom Brunansky, who were all rookies in 1982.

In 1987, he became manager of the Kansas City Royals when Dick Howser was unable to manage due to a brain tumor; he took over for Mike Ferraro, who had filled in on an interim basis while Howser was undergoing treatment in 1986. However, before the season was done, Gardner was replaced by John Wathan.

His son Billy Gardner Jr. was a minor league manager from 1995-2017.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Johnny Goryl
Minnesota Twins Manager
Succeeded by
Ray Miller
Preceded by
Mike Ferraro
Kansas City Royals Manager
Succeeded by
John Wathan

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1967 Pittsfield Red Sox Eastern League 75-62 2nd Boston Red Sox
1968 Pittsfield Red Sox Eastern League 84-55 1st Boston Red Sox Lost League Finals
1969 Pittsfield Red Sox Eastern League 68-72 4th Boston Red Sox
1970 Louisville Colonels International League 69-71 6th Boston Red Sox
1971 Pawtucket Red Sox Eastern League 63-76 3rd Boston Red Sox
1972 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 64-75 4th Kansas City Royals
1973 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 76-60 1st Kansas City Royals Lost League Finals
1974 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 78-60 1st Kansas City Royals Lost League Finals
1975 Omaha Royals American Association 67-69 3rd Kansas City Royals
1976 Omaha Royals American Association 78-58 1st Kansas City Royals Lost League Finals
1979 Memphis Chicks Southern League 82-62 3rd Montreal Expos Lost in 1st round
1980 Denver Bears American Association 92-44 1st Montreal Expos Lost League Finals
1981 Minnesota Twins American League 30-43 7th Minnesota Twins replaced Johnny Goryl (11-25) on May 23
1982 Minnesota Twins American League 60-102 7th Minnesota Twins
1983 Minnesota Twins American League 70-92 5th (t) Minnesota Twins
1984 Minnesota Twins American League 81-81 2nd (t) Minnesota Twins
1985 Minnesota Twins American League 27-35 -- Minnesota Twins replaced by Ray Miller on June 21
1987 Kansas City Royals American League 62-63 -- Kansas City Royals replaced by John Wathan on August 27

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