Jerry McNertney

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Not to be confused with Jerry McNerney.
Jerry McNertney
Catcher
Born: (1936-08-07) August 7, 1936 (age 78)
Boone, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1964 for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
June 15, 1973 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting average .237
Home runs 20
Runs batted in 163
Teams

Gerald Edward McNertney (born August 7, 1936, at Boone, Iowa) is an American former Major League Baseball catcher. He stood 6'1" (185 cm) and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg) in his playing days.

Career[edit]

McNertney signed with the Chicago White Sox in 1958 after attending Gilbert High School and Iowa State University. During his first three seasons in minor league baseball, he was a first baseman and outfielder and converted to catcher in his fourth professional season, 1961, while playing for the Charleston White Sox of the Class A South Atlantic League. Despite his late conversion, McNertney developed into a good defensive catcher and made his major league debut at 27 with the White Sox in 1964. He played in 1964 and from 1966–1973 for the White Sox, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Pirates. During his nine-year Major League career, he hit .237, 27 home runs, and 163 runs batted in. McNertney was the regular catcher for the Pilots in 1969 — the only year the franchise played in the Pacific Northwest — where he reached career highs in at bats (410), home runs (8) and runs batted in (55).

After his playing career ended, McNertney was the bullpen coach for the New York Yankees in 1984 and for the Boston Red Sox during the latter half of the 1988 season, after coaching in the Yankees' farm system during the early 1980s.

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