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Full Name: William Robert Hamilton Primary Position: OF
Height/Weight: 5' 6"/165 First Game: July 31, 1888
Birthdate: February 16, 1866 Final Game: September 16, 1901
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey MLB Experience: 14 years
Died: December 16, 1940
Deathplace: Worcester, Massachusetts
Bat/Throw: Left/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1961


Biography

Billy Hamilton (William Robert Hamilton) was born on February 16, 1866 in Newark, New Jersey. He made his Major League debut on July 31, 1888 for the Kansas City Cowboys. In 1889, his rookie year, he hit .301 with 3 home runs and 77 RBI. Hamilton played for the Kansas City Cowboys, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Beaneaters over the course of his 14 year career.

Most people believe that Billy Hamilton's best season was 1894, when he stole 98 bases, hit for a .404 average and knocked in 87 runs.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1888 KC a 35 129 21 34 0 11 .264 .307 .357 4 4 4 0 4 0 19 0 0
1889 KC a 137 534 144 161 3 77 .301 .413 .395 17 12 87 41 14 0 111 0 0
1890 PHI N 123 496 133 161 2 49 .325 .430 .399 13 9 83 37 9 0 102 0 0
1891 PHI N 133 527 141 179 2 60 .340 .453 .421 23 7 102 28 7 0 111 0 0
1892 PHI N 139 554 132 183 3 53 .330 .423 .410 21 7 81 29 8 0 57 0 0
1893 PHI N 82 355 110 135 5 44 .380 .490 .524 22 7 63 7 13 0 43 0 0
1894 PHI N 129 544 192 220 4 87 .404 .523 .528 25 15 126 17 9 7 98 0 0
1895 PHI N 123 517 166 201 7 74 .389 .490 .495 22 6 96 30 7 9 97 0 0
1896 BOS N 131 523 152 191 3 52 .365 .477 .463 24 9 110 29 2 6 83 0 0
1897 BOS N 127 507 152 174 3 61 .343 .461 .414 17 5 105 0 6 4 66 0 0
1898 BOS N 110 417 110 154 3 50 .369 .480 .453 16 5 87 0 2 2 54 0 0
1899 BOS N 84 297 63 92 1 33 .310 .446 .350 7 1 72 0 1 5 19 0 0
1900 BOS N 136 520 103 173 1 47 .333 .449 .396 20 5 107 0 3 5 32 0 0
1901 BOS N 102 348 71 100 3 38 .287 .404 .356 11 2 64 0 4 9 20 0 0
Total NL 1419 5605 1525 1963 37 648 .350 .462 .437 221 78 1096 177 71 47 782 0 0
Total AA 172 663 165 195 3 88 .294 .394 .388 21 16 91 41 18 0 130 0 0
Total 1591 6268 1690 2158 40 736 .344 .455 .432 242 94 1187 218 89 47 912 0 0

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1888 KC a OF 35 0 0 45 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .961
1889 KC a OF 137 0 0 202 20 37 6 0 0 0 0 0 .857
1890 PHI N OF 123 0 0 232 23 34 4 0 0 0 0 0 .882
1891 PHI N OF 133 0 0 287 17 31 7 0 0 0 0 0 .907
1892 PHI N OF 139 0 0 291 26 28 7 0 0 0 0 0 .919
1893 PHI N OF 82 0 0 228 8 16 6 0 0 0 0 0 .937
1894 PHI N OF 129 0 0 361 15 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 .964
1895 PHI N OF 123 0 0 313 11 31 5 0 0 0 0 0 .913
1896 BOS N OF 131 0 0 276 8 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 .934
1897 BOS N OF 126 0 0 296 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 .962
1898 BOS N OF 110 0 0 189 8 21 2 0 0 0 0 0 .904
1899 BOS N OF 81 0 0 166 11 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 .952
1900 BOS N OF 136 0 0 326 14 19 6 0 0 0 0 0 .947
1901 BOS N OF 99 0 0 232 7 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 .945
Total OF 1584 0 0 3444 182 288 55 0 0 0 0 0 .926

Transactions

  • Sold by Worcester (New England) to Kansas City Cowboys (July 31, 1888).
  • Sold by Kansas City Cowboys to Philadelphia Phillies for $5000 or $6000 (January 7, 1890).
  • Traded by Philadelphia Phillies to Boston Beaneaters in exchange for Billy Nash (November 14, 1895).

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