Billy Hamilton Stats

Billy Hamilton was born on Thursday, February 15, 1866, in Newark, New Jersey. Hamilton was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 31, 1888, with the Kansas City Blues. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Billy Hamilton baseball stats page.

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"I'll have you know sir that I was and will be the greatest stealer of all time. I did stole [sic] over 100 bases on many years and if they ever re-count the record I will get my just reward." - Sliding Billy Hamilton in Sliding Billy Hamilton: The Life and Times of Baseball's First Great Leadoff Hitter (Roy Kerr, McFarland Publishing, 12/04/2009, Page 140)

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Birth Name:
William Robert Hamilton
Nickname:
Billy or Sliding Billy
Born On:
02-15-1866  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Newark, New Jersey
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-15-1940 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Worcester, Massachusetts
Cemetery:
Eastwood Cemetery, South Lancaster, Massachusetts Click For Grave Photo
High School:
None Attended (Dropped Out At Age 14)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-06
Player Weight Chart Weight:
165
First Game:
07-31-1888 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-16-1901
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Billy Hamilton Pitching Stats

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Billy Hamilton Hitting Stats

1888 22 Blues 35 129 21 34 4 4 0 0 11 4 - - - - 4 - .264 .307 .357
1889 23 Blues 137 534 144 161 17 12 3 0 77 87 - 41 - - 14 - .301 .413 .395
1890 24 Phillies 123 496 133 161 13 9 2 0 49 83 - 37 - - 9 - .325 .430 .399
1891 25 Phillies 133 527 141 179 23 7 2 0 60 102 - 28 - - 7 - .340 .453 .421
1892 26 Phillies 139 554 132 183 21 7 3 1 53 81 - 29 - - 8 - .330 .423 .410
1893 27 Phillies 82 355 110 135 22 7 5 0 44 63 - 7 - - 13 - .380 .490 .524
1894 28 Phillies 129 544 192 220 25 15 4 0 87 126 - 17 7 - 9 - .404 .523 .528
1895 29 Phillies 123 517 166 201 22 6 7 0 74 96 - 30 9 - 7 - .389 .490 .495
1896 30 Beaneaters 131 523 152 191 24 9 3 0 52 110 - 29 6 - 2 - .365 .477 .463
1897 31 Beaneaters 127 507 152 174 17 5 3 0 61 105 - - 4 - 6 - .343 .461 .414
1898 32 Beaneaters 110 417 110 154 16 5 3 0 50 87 - - 2 - 2 - .369 .480 .453
1899 33 Beaneaters 84 297 63 92 7 1 1 0 33 72 - - 5 - 1 - .310 .446 .350
1900 34 Beaneaters 136 520 103 173 20 5 1 0 47 107 - - 5 - 3 - .333 .449 .396
1901 35 Beaneaters 102 348 71 100 11 2 3 0 38 64 - - 9 - 4 - .287 .404 .356
14 Years 1,591 6,268 1,690 2,158 242 94 40 1 736 1,187 - 218 47 - 89 - .344 .455 .432

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Billy Hamilton Fielding Stats

1888 Blues OF 35 - - 51 1.5 49 45 4 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .961 0.00
1889 Blues OF 137 - - 259 1.9 222 202 20 37 6 n/a n/a n/a .857 0.00
1890 Phillies OF 123 - - 289 2.3 255 232 23 34 4 n/a n/a n/a .882 0.00
1891 Phillies OF 133 - - 335 2.5 304 287 17 31 7 n/a n/a n/a .907 0.00
1892 Phillies OF 139 - - 345 2.5 317 291 26 28 7 n/a n/a n/a .919 0.00
1893 Phillies OF 82 - - 252 3.1 236 228 8 16 6 n/a n/a n/a .937 0.00
1894 Phillies OF 129 - - 390 3.0 376 361 15 14 4 n/a n/a n/a .964 0.00
1895 Phillies OF 123 - - 355 2.9 324 313 11 31 5 n/a n/a n/a .913 0.00
1896 Beaneaters OF 131 - - 304 2.3 284 276 8 20 2 n/a n/a n/a .934 0.00
1897 Beaneaters CF 126 - - 318 2.5 306 296 10 12 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 0.00
1898 Beaneaters CF 110 - - 218 2.0 197 189 8 21 2 n/a n/a n/a .904 0.00
1899 Beaneaters OF 81 - - 186 2.3 177 166 11 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .952 0.00
1900 Beaneaters CF 136 - - 359 2.6 340 326 14 19 6 n/a n/a n/a .947 0.00
1901 Beaneaters OF 99 - - 253 2.6 239 232 7 14 4 n/a n/a n/a .945 0.00
OF Totals 1,212 0 0 3,019 2.5 2,783 2,633 150 236 47 n/a n/a n/a .922 0.00
CF Totals 372 0 0 895 2.4 843 811 32 52 8 n/a n/a n/a .942 0.00
14 Years 1,584 - - 3,914 2.5 3,626 3,444 182 288 55 n/a n/a n/a .926 0.00

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Billy Hamilton Miscellaneous Stats

1888 Blues 19 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 11.7 - - -
1889 Blues 111 - - 0 0 n/a 178.0 13.0 6.9 - - -
1890 Phillies 102 - - 0 0 n/a 248.0 13.4 10.1 - - -
1891 Phillies 111 - - 0 0 n/a 263.5 18.8 8.8 - - -
1892 Phillies 57 - - 0 0 n/a 184.7 19.1 10.5 - - -
1893 Phillies 43 - - 0 0 n/a 71.0 50.7 8.1 - - -
1894 Phillies 98 - - 0 0 n/a 136.0 32.0 6.3 - - -
1895 Phillies 97 - - 0 0 n/a 73.9 17.2 7.0 - - -
1896 Beaneaters 83 - - 0 0 n/a 174.3 18.0 10.1 - - -
1897 Beaneaters 66 - - 0 0 n/a 169.0 0.0 8.3 - - -
1898 Beaneaters 54 - - 0 0 n/a 139.0 0.0 8.3 - - -
1899 Beaneaters 19 - - 0 0 n/a 297.0 0.0 9.0 - - -
1900 Beaneaters 32 - - 0 0 n/a 520.0 0.0 11.1 - - -
1901 Beaneaters 20 - - 0 0 n/a 116.0 0.0 9.2 - - -
14 Years 912 - - 0 0 n/a 156.7 28.8 8.5 - - -

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Billy Hamilton Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1888 Kansas City Blues n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1889 Kansas City Blues n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1890 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1891 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1892 Philadelphia Phillies n/a $3,400.00 n/a n/a
1893 Philadelphia Phillies n/a $1,800.00 n/a n/a
1894 Philadelphia Phillies n/a $2,100.00 n/a n/a
1895 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1896 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1897 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1898 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1899 Boston Beaneaters n/a $2,400.00 n/a n/a
1900 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1901 Boston Beaneaters n/a Undetermined n/a n/a

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In 1883 Francis Richter founded the Sporting Life, a weekly magazine devoted to coverage of all sports, with an emphasis on baseball. In 1887 Richter, and other baseball journalists, formed the Base Ball Reporters Association of America, also referred to as the National Base Ball Reporters' Association. And in 1914 Richter wrote the History and Records of Baseball: the American Nation's Chief Sport (Philadelphia: Sporting Life Publishing Co., 1914). In that historic book Richter selected the greatest players in each position in each decade:

Francis Richter Greatest Players by Decade

Decade Catchers Catchers
1870-1880 Doug Allison Deacon White
1880-1890 Charlie Bennett Buck Ewing
1890-1900 Tom Daly Yank Robinson
1900-1912 Chief Meyers Billy Sullivan
Decade Pitchers Pitchers
1870-1880 Candy Cummings Al Spalding
1880-1890 John Clarkson Old Hoss Radbourn
1890-1900 Amos Rusie Cy Young
1900-1912 Christy Mathewson Rube Waddell
Decade First Base First Base
1870-1880 Wes Fisler Joe Start
1880-1890 Cap Anson Charlie Comiskey
1890-1900 Jake Beckley Dan Brouthers
1900-1912 Hal Chase Fred Tenney
Decade Second Base Second Base
1870-1880 Ross Barnes Al Reach (NA Only)
1880-1890 Fred Dunlap Bid McPhee
1890-1900 Nap Lajoie Fred Pfeffer
1900-1912 Eddie Collins Johnny Evers
Decade Third Base Third Base
1870-1880 Cap Anson Ezra Sutton
1880-1890 Jerry Denny Denny Lyons
1890-1900 John McGraw Billy Nash
1900-1912 Home Run Baker Jimmy Collins
Decade Shortstops Shortstops
1870-1880 Davy Force George Wright
1880-1890 Monte Ward Ned Williamson
1890-1900 Hughie Jennings Herman Long
1900-1912 Honus Wagner Bobby Wallace
Decade Left Fielders Left Fielders
1870-1880 Andy Leonard Lip Pike
1880-1890 Tip O'Neill George Wood
1890-1900 Ed Delahanty Joe Kelley
1900-1912 Fred Clarke Chick Stahl
Decade Center Fielders Center Fielders
1870-1880 Count Sensenderfer (NA Only) Harry Wright
1880-1890 Ned Hanlon Hardy Richardson
1890-1900 Billy Hamilton Bill Lange
1900-1912 Ty Cobb Tris Speaker
Decade Right Fielders Right Fielders
1870-1880 Jack Chapman Cal McVey
1880-1890 Joe Kelley Sam Thompson
1890-1900 Jesse Burkett Mike Tiernan
1900-1912 Sam Crawford Willie Keeler

Billy Hamilton was the first player in baseball history to hit a lead-off home run and walk-off home run during the same game, accomplishing the feat on May 17, 1893. Since Sliding Billy , only two players have joined the "Lead-Off / Walk-Off In The Same Game Club" -- Ian Kinsler , on July 19, 2009 , and Chris Young , on August 7, 2010 .

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