Wayne Terwilliger, former major league second baseman and long time major league coach and minor league manager, died today in Weatherford, Texas. He was 95.
Terwilliger logged 666 major league games over 9 different seasons from 1949 through 1960. He became a manager in the Washington Senators system in 1963, and managed various Senators farm teams until 1969, when he became the third base coach for the Senators. Terwilliger came to Texas when the Senators became the Rangers in 1972, though he was replaced after Ted Williams, the team’s manager, retired and was replaced by Whitey Herzog.
Terwilliger managed in the minors for various organizations, including the Rangers, throughout the 1970s, and was back on the Rangers major league coaching staff in 1981, where he remained through the 1985 season. In 1986 he joined the Minnesota Twins as part of their major league coaching staff and remained with them through 1994, winning two World Series rings with the Twins.
Terwilliger then managed the independent Northern League St. Paul Saints from 1995 through 2002. He managed the Fort Worth Cats from 2003 to 2005, and then was a first base coach for the team for a number of years after that.
“Twig,” as he was known, was a baseball lifer, and is one of those names from my youth that I associate with Rangers baseball. Our thoughts to his family and friends on their loss.