Fred Waters

Fred Waters

Fred Waters Pittsburgh Pirates

February 2, 1927
5' 11"
185 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-20-1955 with PIT

His major league career consisted of 25 games with a pretty decent 2.89 ERA. He came out of the University of Southern Mississippi where he attended at the same time at Bubba Phillips. Before he stepped onto a MLB diamond he was part of a famous 6-1 trade, in 1954, The Pittsburgh Pirates send flashy 2B Danny O'Connell to the Milwaukee Braves for 3B Sid Gordon, OF Sam Jethroe, P Max Surkont, and minor leaguers - Fred Waters‚Curt Raydon‚ and Larry Lasalle.. Pittsburgh also get $100,000 from the Braves. This is the only six-for-one trade in major league history and will be surpassed only by the seven-for-one deal that will send Vida Blue from the Oakland A'sto the SF Giants in 1978. He retired after the 1956 season. 

Between 1964 and 1986, the first manager most players ever had in the Minnesota Twins organization was Fred Waters. Waters served as the first pro manager for Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett. In 22 years of Rookie league managing Waters was 719-683.

In 1964, Waters managed the Melbourne Twins to the Cocoa Rookie League title, and he managed the FRL Twins in the 1965 Florida Rookie League. From 1966-1971, he managed the GCL Twins, and then the Melbourne Twins in the 1972 Florida East Coast League. In 1973, the Twins had no Rookie league teams, so Waters managed the Geneva Twins in the New York-Penn League. After scouting in 1974, Waters began a long term as the manager of the Elizabethton Twins, managing in the Appalachian League from 1975 until 1986, taking the league title in 1978 and 1984.


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