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The Twig retires

Posted at 2:16 PM on October 11, 2005 by Ben Tesch

From the AP wire comes news that Wayne Terwilliger, the 80-year-old manager who was once Jackie Robinson's backup as a player, retired Tuesday after 57 seasons in professional baseball.

Terwilliger spent the last three seasons as manager of the independent Fort Worth Cats, and he led to the team to the Central Baseball League championship this summer. He was the league's manager of the year.

When the Cats beat Shreveport 11-10 in extra innings on June 27, Terwilliger's 80th birthday, he joined Connie Mack as the only octogenarian managers in baseball history. Fort Worth was the 16th team Twig coached and his 12th minor league managerial job.

Twig got two World Series rings when was first base coach for the Minnesota Twins (1986-94), and he was on Ted Williams' staffs with the Washington Senators (1969-71) and Texas Rangers (1972). He is the only person to wear the uniforms of the Senators and the two teams they spawned -- the Rangers and Twins.

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