Vada Pinson

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Vada Pinson
Outfielder
Born: (1938-08-11)August 11, 1938
Memphis, Tennessee
Died: October 21, 1995(1995-10-21) (aged 57)
Oakland, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 15, 1958 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1975 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Batting average .286
Hits 2,757
Home runs 256
Runs batted in 1,170
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Career highlights and awards

Vada Edward Pinson, Jr. (August 11, 1938 – October 21, 1995) was an American center fielder and coach in Major League Baseball.

Pinson played in the major leagues for 18 years, from 1958 through 1975, and his greatest seasons were with the Cincinnati Reds, for whom he played from 1958 to 1968.[1] Pinson combined power, speed and strong defensive ability. With the Reds, Pinson twice led the National League in hits (1961, 1963), doubles (1959, 1960), and triples (1963, 1967). He batted .343 in 1961, when the Reds won the NL pennant, but mustered only a .091 (2 for 22) average in the 1961 World Series, which Cincinnati lost to the New York Yankees in five games.

Pinson — who batted and threw left-handed — was primarily a center fielder.

He appeared in 2,469 games for the Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, California Angels, and Kansas City Royals, notching 2,757 hits and finishing with a career batting average of .286, with 256 home runs and 305 stolen bases. Highly respected throughout the game, he was later a coach for the Seattle Mariners (1977–80; 1982–83), Chicago White Sox (1981), Detroit Tigers (1985–91), and Florida Marlins (1993–94) after his playing days ended. He coached on the first-ever editions of both the Mariners (1977) and the Marlins (1993).[2][3]

Pinson was born in Memphis, Tennessee and his family moved to California when he was a child. He was a graduate of Oakland's famed McClymonds High School, attended by Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson (a Pinson teammate in the major leagues for nine years) and Basketball Hall of Fame center Bill Russell.He required only two minor league seasons to reach the majors.[1] Vada Pinson died as the result of suffering a stroke in 1995 in Oakland, and was interred at Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Richmond, California.[4] He was survived by three daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.[5]

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