American baseball playerDied when: 83 years 22 days (996 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius
William Joseph Rigney (January 29, 1918 – February 20, 2001) was an American infielder and manager in Major League Baseball.A 26-year big-league veteran, Rigney played for the New York Giants from 1946 to 1953, then spent 18 seasons as the skipper of three major-league clubs.
The Bay Area native began his managerial career with the Giants (1956–1960) as the team's last manager in New York City (1957) and its first in San Francisco (1958).
In 1961, Rigney became the first manager in the history of the Los Angeles Angels of the American League, serving into May of 1969.
Then, in 1970, he led the Minnesota Twins to the American League West Division championship, the only postseason entry of his big-league tenure.
Fired in midseason of 1972, he concluded his managerial career in 1976 by serving a one-year term at the helm of his original team, the Giants.