World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Vada Pinson

Article Id: WHEBN0002630883
Reproduction Date:

Title: Vada Pinson  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Cincinnati Reds award winners and league leaders, Veterans Committee, 1961 World Series, Curt Flood, Wayne Granger
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Vada Pinson

Vada Pinson
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
MLB statistics
Batting average .286
Hits 2,757
Home runs 256
Runs batted in 1,170
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. He 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, who batted and threw left-handed, was primarily a center fielder who combined power, speed, and strong defensive ability.


  • Early life 1
  • Professional career 2
  • Coaching career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

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), star centerfielder Curt Flood and Basketball Hall of Fame center Bill Russell.[1] 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.[2]

Professional career

He signed with the Cincinnati Reds at age 18. In his second year in the minors, for the Visalia Redlegs in Class C, he hit .367 with 209 hits, 20 home runs, 20 triples and 40 doubles.[3]

After just two minor league seasons and still only 19 years old, he earned a spot on the Reds' 25-man roster out of spring training, making his major league debut on April 15, 1958 against the Philadelphia Phillies at home in Crosley Field.[4][5] Batting second and starting in centerfield, Pinson had one hit in five at-bats, his first hit a single off future Baseball Hall-of-Famer Robin Roberts.[6] Three days later, in the Reds' next game, he hit his first home run, a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates' starter Ron Kline at Forbes Field.[7]

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.

Coaching career

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 inaugural editions of two expansion teams, the Mariners (1977) and the Marlins (1993).[8][9]

Personal life

Pinson retired from baseball after the 1994 season. On October 5, 1995, he was admitted to an Oakland hospital after suffering a stroke. He died on October 21, 1995.[10] He was interred at Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Richmond, California.[11] He was survived by three daughters Valerie, Kimberly and Renee, son Vada Pinson III, and four grandchildren.[12]

See also


  1. ^!topic/alt.obituaries/9KMM53HlbMI
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^ Eastham, Cliff. "Vada Pinson, the Most Underrated Baseball Player Ever". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^ Vada Pinson at Find a Grave
  12. ^

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.