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Bill Adair

Marion Danne Adair
Born: Feb. 10, 1913 in Mobile, Ala.
Died: June 17, 2002 in Bay Minette, Ala.

Bill Adair was a major league manager for 10 games during the 1970 season, but he had the first chance to get Hank Aaron started down his road to the Hall of Fame.

In 1970, he was the third base coach for the White Sox, but filled in at manager for 10 games between Don Gutteridge and Chuck Tanner. He finished 4-6.

He was paired with Hank Aaron in 1952 when Adair was playing second base and serving as manager for the Milwaukee farm team in Eau Claire, Wis.

“I learned an awful lot from him as a young kid,” Aaron said in wire reports. “He gave me the foundation I needed to start out.”

Aaron only played in 87 games that season, but he hit .336 with 9 home runs and was named the league’s MVP.

In 1955, he managed Panama City (Fla) to the championship in the Alabama-Florida League (now defunct). In 1962, he was a coach for the Milwaukee Braves.  In 1967, he coached for Atlanta.  He joined the White Sox in 1970 and last appeared in the majors as a coach in 1976 with the Expos.

He died in 2002 at the age of 89.