Bill Adair
Born: (1913-02-10)February 10, 1913
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Died: June 17, 2002(2002-06-17) (aged 89)
Bay Minette, Alabama, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right

Marion Danne "Bill" Adair (February 10, 1913 – June 17, 2002) was an American coach and interim manager in Major League Baseball (MLB).

A second baseman, he was a career minor-league player who never rose about the Class AA level but who spent 21 years as a manager in the minors.


Born in Mobile, Alabama, Adair was a manager in the Braves organization (he managed farm clubs for all three cities the Braves played in), as well as the Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos, and the Chicago White Sox organizations.

Adair was later a major league scout for the Philadelphia Phillies.

He compiled a 1,611-1,305 (.552) record in the minors, but his managing career in the major leagues was limited to ten games with the 1970 White Sox which was en route to a franchise-worst 56–106 finish. He had succeeded Don Gutteridge on an interim basis on September 2 with the team's record a major league-worst 49–87.[1][2] His last game managing the White Sox was an 8–7 win over the Minnesota Twins at Metropolitan Stadium on September 13. He compiled a 4–6 (.400) record before Chuck Tanner took over two days later on September 15.[3] Adair was not retained by Tanner beyond that season.[4]

Adair also was a major league coach for the Braves (1962; 1967), White Sox (1970) and Expos (1976).

Managerial record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CWS 1970 10 4 6 .400 interim
Total 10 4 6 .400 0 0


He died in Bay Minette, Alabama at age 89 in 2002, survived by his wife, Olean, and three daughters.[5]

Personal life

Adair enlisted in the United States Army in March 1943. He rose to the rank of technical sergeant and served in the European theatre.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Adair Replaces Chisox Manager," The Associated Press (AP), Thursday, September 3, 1970. Retrieved December 10, 2021
  2. ^ "Gutteridge Is Released As White Sox Manager," United Press International (UPI), Wednesday, September 2, 1970. Retrieved December 10, 2021
  3. ^ "White Sox Rally Beats Twins, 8–7," The Associated Press (AP), Sunday, September 13, 1970. Retrieved December 10, 2021
  4. ^ "White Sox Name 2 Coaches," The Associated Press (AP), Friday, October 2, 1970. Retrieved December 10, 2021
  5. ^ Ex-Chicago Manager Bill Adair dies
  6. ^ Bedingfield, Gary. "Bill Adair". Baseball in Wartime. Retrieved 17 June 2020.