Wednesday, August 24, 1975
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
irdon assumes Astro helm
By The Associated Press ardson, who had been Hous- games and get some idea of negotiating with the Astros to things we can do that will
HOUSTON - Bill Virdon, ton's general manager for eight what we have." become their general manager. help right away."
fired as manager o fthe New years. Smith, who was still with the Virdon, 44, assumed his Virdon played 11 years in the
York Yankees last month to Virdon said he would study Yankees when Virdon was duties last night for Houston's major leagues and started his
make way for Billy Martin, was the Astros roster through the fired, said, "I have had the op- game against the New York managing careers in the New
named yesterday by one of remaining games this season portunity to closely observe Mets in the Astrodome. York Mets minor league sys-
his former Yankee bosses to re- before making any comment Virdon's managerial capabi- Smith said he was given a tem in 1966. He joined Pitts-
place Preston Gomezas man- on future trades. Virdon also lities during the last two sea- contract through the 1976 sea- burgh as a coach in 1968 and in
ager of the Houston Astros. said he would keep the pres- sons and we are delighted to son. 1972 succeeded Danny Mur-
The announcement of Vir- ent Houston coaching staff the obtain his services to direct the " couldn't discuss any spe- Laugh as manager.
don's hiring, which takes effect remainder o fthe season.. Astros on the field." cific problenm areas night now Vro a elcddrn
immediately, was made by Virdon declined to make any Smith said he was not active- because they might not be Virdon was replaced during
General Manager Tal Smith. It assessment of the Astro's situ- ly involved in the decision to accurate," Virdon said. "I the 1973 season by Murtaugh
came after Gomez demanded to ation. "I think it's in my favor fire Virdon from the Yankees do know they have talent on and became manager of the
know where he stood with the to come in the last 30 odd because at the time he was the team. There are some Yankees on Jan. 3, 1974.
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"I know we can't win the
pennant this year," said Vir-
don, referring to the fact that
the Astros were mahstematic-
ally eliminated from the Na-
tional League East Division
race Monday night.
"When I was hired at Pitts-
burgh and New York, I was ex-
pected to win," said Virdon,
fired recently as Yankees field
leader. "But there are things
we can do right away here and
next year could be different."
Virdon is the second addition
to the Astros staff from the
Yankees organization in recent
weeks. Smith, former executive
vice president of the Yankees,
was named general manager
on Aug. 7 to replace-Spec Rich-
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