Billy Meyer

Billy Meyer“Throw hard, throw the ball over, and don’t let them hit it far,” was the advice Meyer gave to his pitchers as a manager for more than two decades in the minor leagues and five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1948-1952.

In the minors, mostly managing for the Yankees top farm teams in the 1930s and 1940s, Meyer finished first nine times and second four times. But with the Pirates he only had initial success in his five-year run at the helm. In 1948, his first crack at big league managing, he coaxed the underdog Bucs to a winning record and had them near first place for much of the season. For his efforts, Meyer was named NL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News.