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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsBill Rigney Born: January 29,1918 in Alameda, CA Died: February 20,2001>> Visit theBill Rigney biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics. From AP Reports OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — BillRigney, the first manager of the Giants after they moved from New Yorkto San Francisco, died Tuesday (February 20, 2001). He was 83. Rigney was admitted to JohnMuir Hospital Nov. 18 with pneumonia, one year after he was diagnosed withlymphoma. His death was announced by the Oakland Athletics, who had employedhim since 1982 as a broadcaster and a special assistant to team presidentRoy Eisenhart. Rigney was an infielder withthe New York Giants from 1946-53, hitting .259 with 41 homers. He servedas the Giants’ manager from 1956-60, leading the club in its first seasonafter moving from New York to San Francisco. “Baseball and the San FranciscoGiants have lost one of their greatest treasures,” Giants owner PeterMagowan said. “Bill Rigney, along with Horace Stoneham, Chub Feeney andRuss Hodges, personified the Giants when they moved West in 1958. “He was our first managerin San Francisco, and he had remained our last link to that era of ourfranchise’s history. Rig was a baseball man through and through. He wasa wonderful storyteller and a warm, thoughtful human being.” Rigney later managed theLos Angeles Angels (1961-69), winning the 1962 AL Manager of the Year award,and the Minnesota Twins (1970-72), leading them to the 1970 AL West title. Rigney also was a scout withthe Padres and the Angels before a second managerial stint with the Giantsin 1976. He served briefly as a radio and television broadcaster for theA’s in the 1980s. Until his health deteriorated,Rigney was a frequent presence in the Athletics’ clubhouse. “We loved to have him around,”Oakland manager Art Howe said. “He had so much knowledge. He was sucha great baseball guy. He’s seen everything that can happen in this game.He always had good, sound advice. You would always come out feeling goodabout things after you talked with him.”