Billy Scripture

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Earl Wayne Scripture Jr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Billy Scripture was a college star who later played and managed in the minor leagues for over 15 years.

He was an outstanding collegiate player for Wake Forest University in 1962-64. He was named an ABCA All-American outfielder as both a sophomore and junior. He was the oldest player named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary All-Time team.

Scripture played minor league ball from 1964 to 1972. He debuted professionally with the Stockton Ports, hitting .242 with 40 RBI and 11 home runs, the most he would hit in his minor league tenure. In 1965, Billy batted .242 with 8 HR and 86 RBI for the Tri-City Atoms as they won the Northwest League pennant. He tied Bill F. Southworth for 6th in the NWL in RBI.

Scripture split 1966 between Stockton (.253/.339/.399 in 74 games) and the Miami Marlins (.288/.373/.351 in 55 games. In 1967, Billy was with the Elmira Pioneers, hitting .257/.349/.317. He led the Eastern League in times hit by pitch (16) and led the EL's third basemen in assists (266), double plays (25) and fielding percentage (.949). Given that it was the heart of a pitchers' era, he just missed the top 10 in the EL in average, trailing #10 Bobby Bonds by .004. He was named to the EL All-Star team at third base.

In 1968, Scripture made it to AAA with the Rochester Red Wings and hit .230/.307/.332 in 121 games, back in the outfield primarily. In 1969, Billy batted .265/.362/.392 for Rochester. He then moved to the New York Mets chain. Scripture hit .276/.389/.441 in 152 AB for the Tidewater Tides, as a backup 3B-OF and a top pinch-hitter. He also pitched two games, allowing five runs, 4 hits and 3 walks in two innings of work. He saw even less playing time in the field in 1971, getting 80 at-bats in 57 games and hitting .250/.375/.475. Scripture wrapped up as a player in 1972, hitting .213/.260/.255 in 32 games for the Tides.

The next year, Scripture began a minor league managerial career that lasted seven years.

Sources include 1967-1973 Baseball Guides, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1973 Waterloo Royals Midwest League 64-56 4th Kansas City Royals
1974 GCL Royals Gulf Coast League 29-19 4th Kansas City Royals none
1975 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 59-79 8th Kansas City Royals
1976 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 66-72 6th Kansas City Royals
1977 GCL Royals Gulf Coast League 34-19 2nd Kansas City Royals none
1978 Charleston Pirates Western Carolinas League 47-93 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
1984 Nashua Pirates Eastern League 58-82 7th Pittsburgh Pirates