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
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.

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