Frank Verdi

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Frank Verdi played nearly two decades in the minors but appeared in just one big league game. Following his playing days, he was a longtime minor league manager.

Signed by the New York Yankees prior to the 1946 season, Verdi played parts of four seasons with the Binghamton Triplets from 1949 to 1952. He hit .303 for the club in 1950 and batted .313 in 1952, third best in the Eastern League that season.

Playing for the Yankees, Verdi made his only major league appearance in a game against the Boston Red Sox on May 10, 1953. He entered the game playing shortstop in the bottom of the 6th inning. With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 7th, the Yankees were up 5 to 3. Red Sox pitcher Ken Holcombe entered the game to relieve Ellis Kinder, and Yankees manager Casey Stengel replaced Verdi with Bill Renna. He never appeared in a big league game again.

Following his big league appearance, Verdi played for another decade in the minors, including three years with the Rochester Red Wings. He ended his minor league playing career with 1,832 hits in 1,923 games over 18 seasons.

After retiring, Verdi went on to a long minor league managing career. He won two International League crowns with the Syracuse Chiefs in 1969 and 1970 and led the Columbus Clippers to another IL title in 1981. In 2008, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

Verdi's son, Mike Verdi, also managed several years in the minors.

He passed away in 2010 at the age of 84 in New Port Richey, FL.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1961 Syracuse Chiefs International League 44-44 8th Minnesota Twins replaced Gene Verble (12-54) on July 1
1962 Syracuse Chiefs International League 33-53 -- Washington Senators/New York Mets replaced by Johnny Vander Meer (20-48) on July 12
1963 Greensboro Yankees Carolina League 85-59 1st New York Yankees Lost League Finals
1964 Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League 81-59 2nd New York Yankees League Champs
1965 Toledo Mud Hens International League 68-78 7th New York Yankees
1966 Binghamton Triplets New York-Penn League 68-57 3rd New York Yankees Lost League Finals
1967 Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League 40-39 3rd New York Yankees none
1968 Binghamton Triplets Eastern League 22-22 -- New York Yankees replaced by Cloyd Boyer and Jim Gleeson
Syracuse Chiefs International League 51-44 5th New York Yankees replaced Gary Blaylock (21-31)
1969 Syracuse Chiefs International League 75-65 3rd New York Yankees League Champs
1970 Syracuse Chiefs International League 84-56 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1972 Syracuse Chiefs International League 64-80 7th New York Yankees
1974 Denver Bears American Association 62-74 7th Houston Astros
1977 Tidewater Tides International League 73-67 3rd New York Mets Lost in 1st round
1978 Tidewater Tides International League 69-71 5th New York Mets
1979 Tidewater Tides International League 73-67 4th New York Mets Lost in 1st round
1980 Tidewater Tides International League 67-72 6th New York Mets
1981 Columbus Clippers International League 88-51 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1982 Columbus Clippers International League 79-61 2nd New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1983 San Jose Bees California League 56-84 10th Co-op
1984 Rochester Red Wings International League 52-88 8th Baltimore Orioles
1985 Rochester Red Wings International League 18-40 -- Baltimore Orioles replaced by Mark Wiley (40-41) June 16
1993 Sioux Falls Canaries Northern League 34-38 4th Independent Leagues
1994 Sioux Falls Canaries Northern League 47-33 2nd Independent Leagues
1995 Sioux Falls Canaries Northern League -- Independent Leagues replaced by Dick Dietz

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