Andy Pilney

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Andy Pilney
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Pilney pictured in Jambalaya 1955, Tulane yearbook
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1913-01-13)January 13, 1913
Frontenac, Kansas
Died September 15, 1996(1996-09-15) (aged 83)
Kenner, Louisiana
Playing career
1933–1935 Notre Dame
1934–1936 Notre Dame
1936 Boston Bees
1936 Syracuse Chiefs
1937 Columbia Senators
1937 Scranton Miners
1938 Indianapolis Indians
1939 Erie Sailors
1939 Hartford Bees
Position(s) Halfback (football)
Outfielder (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1942 Washington University (backfield)
1946–1953 Tulane (backfield)
1954–1961 Tulane
Head coaching record
Overall 25–49–6
Andy Pilney
Pinch hitter
Born: (1913-01-13)January 13, 1913
Frontenac, Kansas
Died: September 15, 1996(1996-09-15) (aged 83)
Kenner, Louisiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 12, 1936, for the Boston Bees
Last MLB appearance
June 26, 1936, for the Boston Bees
MLB statistics
Games played 3
At bats 2
Strikeouts 1

Antone James "Andy" Pilney (January 19, 1913 – September 15, 1996) was an American football coach and player of football and baseball. He played football and baseball at the University of Notre Dame in the mid-1930s and then professional baseball from 1936 to 1939. Pilney had a three-game stint in Major League Baseball with the Boston Bees in July 1936. He served as the head football coach at Tulane University from 1954 to 1961, compiling a record of 25–49–6.

College playing career[edit]

Pilney played football as a halfback at Notre Dame. In 1935, he led the Irish to a come-from-behind win against top-ranked Ohio State in a contest considered to be a "Game of the Century". Pilney was selected by the Detroit Lions in the third round (26th overall pick) of the 1936 NFL Draft.

Professional baseball career[edit]

Pilney began his professional baseball career in 1936 as an outfielder. While he spent most of the season with the minor league Syracuse Chiefs, he played three games with the Boston Bees in July. He appeared twice as a pinch hitter and once as a pinch runner, but did not play the field. He continued to play in the minors until 1939.

Coaching career[edit]

Pilney began his college football coaching career in 1942 when he was hired as backfield coach at Washington University in St. Louis.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tulane Green Wave (Southeastern Conference) (1954–1961)
1954 Tulane 1–6–3 1–6–1 10th
1955 Tulane 5–4–1 3–3–1 T–6th
1956 Tulane 6–4 3–3 T–6th
1957 Tulane 2–8 1–5 11th
1958 Tulane 3–7 1–5 11th
1959 Tulane 3–6–1 0–5–1 11th
1960 Tulane 3–6–1 1–4–1 10th
1961 Tulane 2–8 1–5 T–10th
Tulane: 25–49–6 11–36–4
Total: 25–49–6


  1. ^ "Washington U. Picks Gorman". The New York Times. Associated Press. February 13, 1942. Retrieved November 20, 2011.