Billy Hamilton

William Robert Hamilton
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1961
Primary team: Philadelphia Phillies
Primary position: Out Fielder

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.

"I never saw a runner get a lead off first base like Billy. "
Jack Carney, 1889

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1961
Primary Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Position Played: Out Fielder
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Birth place: Newark, New Jersey
Birth year: 1866
Died: 1940, Worcester, Massachusetts
Played for:
Kansas City Athletics (1888-1889)
Philadelphia Phillies (1890-1895)
Boston Braves (1896-1901)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
1594
At BatsAB
6283
RunsR
1697
HitsH
2164
Doubles2B
242
Triples3B
95
Home RunsHR
40
RBIRBI
742
Stolen BasesSB
914
WalksBB
1189
Batting AverageBA
.344
OPSOPS
.888
On Base %OBP
.455
Slugging %SLG
.432