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Hal Lanier
Infielder
Born: July 4, 1942 (1942-07-04) (age 67)
Denton, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 18, 1964 for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1973 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average     .228
Hits     843
RBI     273
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards

Harold Clifton Lanier (born July 4, 1942 in Denton, North Carolina) is a former infielder, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. From 1964 through 1973, Lanier played for the San Francisco Giants (1964-71) and New York Yankees (1972-73). He is the son of Max Lanier, a former MLB All-Star pitcher.

In his rookie season Lanier posted a career-high .274 batting average for the San Francisco Giants and was selected for the 1964 Topps All-Star Rookie team.

In 1968 Lanier led NL shortstops in putouts (282) and fielding average (.979). After that, he moved from second base to shortstop, and finally to third base. He also played in part of two seasons with the New York Yankees.

In a 10-season career, Lanier was a .228 hitter with eight home runs and 273 RBI in 1196 games played.

Following his playing career, Lanier managed in the minors and served as third base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1981-85, including the 1982 World Series and 1985 National League champion teams. He then went on to manage the Houston Astros from 1986-1988 and had a 254-232 win-loss record. In 1986 he was named NL Manager of the Year by the BBWA and TSN for leading the Astros to their first Division Title since 1980 and the best record (96-66) in team history up to that point

In recent years Lanier has managed in the independent minor leagues. He managed for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the Northern League for several years, then moved to the Can-Am League to manage the Sussex Skyhawks. While with the Skyhawks, Lanier led the team to the league championship in 2008 over the Quebec Capitales in the Can-Am League Championship Series. He left the Skyhawks following the 2009 season to become manager of the Normal CornBelters, a Normal, Illinois-based Frontier League team that will begin play in 2010.

Reports of a serious beaning Lanier sustained in 1965 leaving him with epilepsy are not true. He played 159 games that season [1], and confirmed in a radio interview in 2008 that the story was false.

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Preceded by
Whitey Herzog
National League Manager of the Year
1986
Succeeded by
Buck Rodgers
Preceded by
Bob Lillis
Houston Astros Manager
1986-1988
Succeeded by
Art Howe
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