Place of Birth:
June 27, 1925 Charlotte, Michigan
Baseball Experience: Major League
Position: Second Base
Military Unit: US Marine Corps
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
Willard W “Wayne”
Terwilliger was born on June 27, 1925 in
participated in the invasions of Tinian and Iwo Jima, and had
his tank knocked out at
"I knew I had to get out
of there, so I ran for the beach, zigzagging in and out with the
tank chasing me.
discharged in late 1945 and attended
Terwilliger completed his college education and was playing second base with the semi-pro Benton Harbor Buds when he was signed by the Chicago Cubs in July 1948. He finished the season with the Des Moines Bruins of the Western League and joined the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League in 1949 where he batted .275 in 115 games and was called up to the Cubs in Augsut. Terwilliger played 36 games at second base for the Cubs and batted .223.
In 1950 he became the Cubs’ regular second baseman then was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in June 1951 and found himself back in the minors with the St Paul Saints of the American Association in 1952.
Terwilliger was selected off waivers by the Washington Senators in September 1952 and spent two seasons with the American League before being sold to the New York Giants in 1955. He ended his major league playing days with the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 and began a career as a minor league manager before joining the Washington Senators as a the third-base coach from 1969 to 1971. He coached the Texas Rangers in their first season, 1972, and returned to coach the Rangers from 1981 through 1985. He was the first-base coach of the Minnesota Twins when they won the World Series in 1987 and 1991.
From 1995 to 2002, Terwilliger coached the St Paul Saints of the Northern League and then managed the Fort Worth Cats of the Central League form 2003 to 2005. After retiring from managing, Terwilliger became the Cats first base coach – a position he still holds today at the age 83.
Thanks to Wayne Terwilliger for help with his biography.
Created July 11, 2008.
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