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Full Name: William Joseph Skowron Primary Position: 1B
Height/Weight: 5' 11"/195 First Game: April 13, 1954
Birthdate: December 18, 1930 Final Game: October 1, 1967
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois MLB Experience: 14 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Bill Skowron (William Joseph "Moose" Skowron) was born on December 18, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He made his Major League debut on April 13, 1954 for the New York Yankees. In 1954, his rookie year, he hit .340 with 7 home runs and 41 RBI. Skowron played for the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox and California Angels over the course of his 14 year career.

Most people believe that Bill Skowron's best season was 1960, when he slugged 26 home runs, hit for a .309 average and knocked in 91 runs.

Skowron's father was a garbage collector. His friends called him Mussolini as a joke, after his grandfather gave him a haircut which looked like the dictator's, but his family shortened the nickname to Moose. The name stuck throughout his career.

He went to Purdue University on a football scholarship, but found himself better suited to baseball when he hit .500 as a sophomore, a record in the Big Ten Conference that lasted ten years.

He was signed by the New York Yankees in 1950 as an amateur free agent. He played his first game for the Yankees on April 13, 1954. He wore uniform number 53 in the 1954 season, but switched to #14 in 1955 and stayed with that number for the rest of his years with the Yankees. In the beginning, he was platooned at first base with Joe Collins, but from 1958 on he became the Yankees' full time first baseman. He played in five All-Star Games as a Yankee: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961.

On November 26, 1962 he was traded by the Yankees to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Stan Williams. He kept his Yankee uniform number, 14, on the Dodgers.

On December 6, 1963 he was purchased from the Dodgers by the Washington Senators (currently the Texas Rangers). The Senators gave him uniform number 3.

On July 13, 1964 he was traded by the Senators to the Chicago White Sox. He took uniform number 5 on the Sox at first, but with the 1965 season went back to his old uniform number on the Yankees and Dodgers, 14. In 1965 he once more got to play in the All-Star Game.

On May 6, 1967 he was traded by the White Sox to the California Angels. He kept his uniform number 14 on the Angels.

He was released by the Angels on October 9, 1967.

He played in a total of 1478 games, all but 15 as a first baseman. (He was in 13 games as a third baseman and two as a second baseman.)

On June 12, 1980 he was inducted into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1954 NY A 87 215 37 73 7 41 .340 .392 .577 12 9 19 18 1 0 2 0 8
1955 NY A 108 288 46 92 12 61 .319 .369 .524 17 3 21 32 3 0 1 4 11
1956 NY A 134 464 78 143 23 90 .308 .382 .528 21 6 50 60 6 2 4 3 16
1957 NY A 122 457 54 139 17 88 .304 .347 .470 15 5 31 60 3 3 3 6 17
1958 NY A 126 465 61 127 14 73 .273 .317 .424 22 3 28 69 4 1 1 1 16
1959 NY A 74 282 39 84 15 59 .298 .349 .539 13 5 20 47 3 2 1 0 10
1960 NY A 146 538 63 166 26 91 .309 .353 .528 34 3 38 95 2 0 2 2 17
1961 NY A 150 561 76 150 28 89 .267 .318 .472 23 4 35 108 8 0 0 9 21
1962 NY A 140 478 63 129 23 80 .270 .325 .473 16 6 36 99 5 1 0 4 13
1963 LA N 89 237 19 48 4 19 .203 .252 .287 8 0 13 49 3 2 0 4 10
1964 WAS A 73 262 28 71 13 41 .271 .306 .458 10 0 11 56 3 0 0 2 7
1964 CHI A 73 273 19 80 4 38 .293 .337 .399 11 3 19 36 1 0 0 4 7
1964 TOT A 146 535 47 151 17 79 .282 .322 .428 21 3 30 92 4 0 0 6 14
1965 CHI A 146 559 63 153 18 78 .274 .316 .424 24 3 32 77 5 4 1 4 22
1966 CHI A 120 337 27 84 6 29 .249 .308 .359 15 2 26 45 3 2 1 4 11
1967 CHI A 8 8 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
1967 CAL A 62 123 8 27 1 10 .220 .267 .276 2 1 4 18 4 0 0 1 5
1967 TOT A 70 131 8 27 1 11 .206 .252 .260 2 1 4 19 4 0 0 1 6
Total NL 89 237 19 48 4 19 .203 .252 .287 8 0 13 49 3 2 0 4 10
Total AL 1569 5310 662 1518 207 869 .286 .336 .467 235 53 370 821 51 15 16 44 182
Total 1658 5547 681 1566 211 888 .282 .332 .459 243 53 383 870 54 17 16 48 192

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1954 NY A 3B 5 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1954 NY A 2B 2 0 0 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .900
1954 NY A 1B 61 0 0 395 28 6 48 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1955 NY A 3B 3 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .857
1955 NY A 1B 74 0 0 517 37 6 63 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1956 NY A 3B 2 0 0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1956 NY A 1B 120 0 0 968 80 7 138 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1957 NY A 1B 115 111 1012.1 1026 86 9 116 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1958 NY A 3B 2 2 16 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
1958 NY A 1B 118 114 1011 1040 71 8 112 1 0 0 0 0 .993
1959 NY A 1B 72 71 607.1 626 43 6 68 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1960 NY A 1B 142 140 1200.1 1202 115 12 130 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1961 NY A 1B 149 147 1291 1228 102 10 146 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1962 NY A 1B 135 123 1116.1 1054 77 10 101 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1963 LA N 3B 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1963 LA N 1B 66 60 507.2 518 34 5 44 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1964 WAS A 1B 66 63 559 591 40 4 41 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1964 CHI A 1B 70 70 602 621 40 1 53 0 0 0 0 0 .998
1964 TOT A 1B 136 133 1161 1212 80 5 94 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1965 CHI A 1B 145 143 1220.1 1297 74 8 116 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1966 CHI A 1B 98 92 689.1 722 60 7 75 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1967 CAL A 1B 32 27 224 238 16 3 15 0 0 0 0 0 .988
Total 1B 1463 1161 10040.2 12043 903 102 1266 1 0 0 0 0 .992
Total 2B 2 0 0 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .900
Total 3B 13 2 18 6 21 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 .794

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by New York Yankees (1950).
  • Traded by New York Yankees to Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Stan Williams (November 26, 1962).
  • Sold by Los Angeles Dodgers to Washington Senators (December 6, 1963).
  • Traded by Washington Senators with Carl Bouldin to Chicago White Sox in exchange for Joe Cunningham and a player to be named later (July 13, 1964); Washington Senators received Frank Kreutzer (July 28, 1964).
  • Traded by Chicago White Sox to California Angels in exchange for Cotton Nash and cash (May 6, 1967).
  • Released by California Angels (October 9, 1967).

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