August 11, 1938|
|Died: October 21, 1995
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|April 15, 1958 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 1975 for the Kansas City Royals|
|Runs batted in||1,170|
|Career highlights and awards|
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. 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).
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. Vada Pinson died as the result of suffering a stroke in 1995 in Oakland, and was interred at Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Richmond, California. He was survived by three daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.
- Vada Pinson at the SABR Bio Project, by Ralph Moses, retrieved 14 October 2012
- Eastham, Cliff. "Vada Pinson, the Most Underrated Baseball Player Ever". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- Vada Pinson at Find a Grave
- List of top 300 Major League Baseball home run hitters
- List of major league players with 2,000 hits
- List of Major League Baseball players with 400 doubles
- List of Major League Baseball players with 100 triples
- List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 runs
- List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 RBI
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career stolen bases
- List of Major League Baseball runs scored champions
- List of Major League Baseball doubles champions
- List of Major League Baseball triples champions
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Pinson Combined Speed With Power
- Vada Pinson Photographs collections at the University of Missouri–St. Louis
- Vada Pinson at Find a Grave