Hamilton, Billy

William Robert Hamilton
Born: February 15, 1866, Newark, New Jersey
Died: December 16, 1940, Worcester, Massachusetts
Played For: 
Kansas City Cowboys (1888-1889), Philadelphia Phillies (1890-1895), Boston Beaneaters (1896-1901)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1961

Although best remembered as a base thief, Sliding Billy Hamilton also excelled at bat and in the outfield. He had 914 career stolen bases and a single-season total of 111 in 1891. Hamilton remains one of only three players whose runs scored (1,691) exceeded his games played (1,578). He hit better than .300 in 12 successive seasons en route to a career mark of .344.

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Did You Know: 
that Billy Hamilton set the Major League record for most stolen bases in one game (seven) on Aug. 31, 1894?
I never saw a runner get a lead off first base like Billy.
Jack Carney, 1889