Sliding Billy Hamilton: The Life and Times of Baseball's First Great Leadoff Hitter

Sliding Billy Hamilton: The Life and Times of Baseball's First Great Leadoff Hitter

by Roy Kerr

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Sliding Billy Hamilton: The Life and Times of Baseball's First Great Leadoff Hitter by Roy Kerr

Billy Hamilton, whose major league career spanned 1888–1901, holds the all-time record for runs scored in a season (196 in 129 games), number of consecutive games scoring a run (24), and career runs scored per game (1.06); he shares records for most triples in a game (4) and sacrifices in a game (4); and his average of one steal every 1.74 games bests Ricky Henderson’s. Despite these records, and his 1961 induction into the Hall of Fame, little has been written about him. This biography covers Hamilton’s entire life, including his major league career with the Kansas City Cowboys, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Nationals, as well as his later career as a minor league player-manager and bench-manager, team owner, major league scout, and plant foreman. The author exclusively uses primary sources for all information dealing with Hamilton’s career and personal life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786446391
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/04/2009
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 364,884
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Roy Kerr, a retired professor of Spanish and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), lives in Lakeland, Florida.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Introduction: Billy Who? 3

1. Billy Baseball 15

2. Early Innings 38

3. Cowboys and Ponies 60

4. Boston Billy 103

5. Home to Clinton 142

6. Late Innings 168

7. In the Country of Baseball 184

Appendix A: The Hamilton Legacy 189

Appendix B: Hamilton’s All-Time Records 191

Notes 193

Bibliography 201

Index 205

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