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Daniel Edward Murtaugh (October 8, 1917 - December 2, 1976) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball best known for his leadership of the Pittsburgh Pirates from the 1950s to the 1970s. He threw and batted right-handed.
A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Murtaugh played during nine seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies (1941-43, 1946), Boston Braves (1947) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1948-51). After retiring as a player, he managed the minor league New Orleans Pelicans, before managing the Pirates for 15 seasons (1957-64, 1967, 1970-71, 1973-76).
In his rookie season Murtaugh led National League players in stolen bases (18). He was a .254 career hitter with eight home runs and 219 RBI in 767 games. His most productive season came in 1948, when he hit .290 and posted career highs in RBI (71), runs (56), doubles (21), triples (5) and games played (146). In 1950 he hit .294, also a career-high.
Once his playing days were ended, Murtaugh enjoyed a successful managerial career, guiding the Pirates to two World Series championships (1960, 1971) and three Eastern Division titles (1970, 1974-75), despite his resigning three times due to ill health. As a manager, he compiled a 1115-960 record in 2068 games (.540).
Murtaugh died in his hometown of a heart attack at age 59. His number 40 was retired by the Pirates in 1977.
- Led NL in stolen bases (1941)
- Led NL second basemen in putouts, assists and double plays (1948)
- Finished 9th in the NL MVP selection (1948)
- Selected "Man of the Year" by Sport Magazine (1960)
- Twice received The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award (1960, 1970)
- One of only 36 managers in major league history to win 1,000 or more games
- Baseball Reference.com - managing record and playing statistics
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