Billy Hunter Stats

Billy Hunter was born on Monday, June 4, 1928, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Hunter was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 14, 1953, with the St. Louis Browns. 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 Hunter baseball stats page.

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"In 25 years I have seen countless athletes come down from 'up there' ... bitter heroes ... but not Billy Hunter, the $100,000 shortstop of 1952, the dazzling fielder with the strong arm who has thrilled millions with boyish showmanship and great talent. Billy Hunter is made of that good stuff, and you can bet that good stuff will soak into the bones and muscles in the weeks to come. And he'll be back up there wowing them in Yankee Stadium." - Staff Writer Chet Nelson in the Rocky Mountain News (Will Doerge, The Indiana Gazette , Hunter Praised by Denver Editor , 09/02/1955, Page Twelve)

Billy Hunter

Bill Hunter Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#166 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Bill Hunter Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#166 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Gordon William Hunter
Nickname:
Bill, Billy
Born On:
06-04-1928  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Indiana High School (Indiana, PA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
04-14-1953 (Age 24)
Last Game:
09-27-1958
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $2,000

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Billy Hunter Pitching Stats

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Billy Hunter Hitting Stats

1953 25 Browns 154 567 50 124 18 1 1 0 37 24 - 45 11 - 2 12 .219 .253 .259
1954 26 Orioles 125 411 28 100 9 5 2 0 27 21 - 38 13 4 2 14 .243 .281 .304
1955 27 Yankees 98 255 14 58 7 1 3 0 20 15 2 18 8 1 0 7 .227 .269 .298
1956 28 Yankees 39 75 8 21 3 4 0 0 11 2 0 4 2 0 0 3 .280 .299 .427
1957 29 Athletics 116 319 39 61 10 4 8 0 29 27 2 43 7 3 3 5 .191 .259 .323
1958 30 Athletics 22 58 6 9 1 1 2 0 11 5 0 7 3 0 0 1 .155 .222 .310
1958 30 Indians 76 190 21 37 10 2 0 0 9 17 1 37 5 1 1 3 .195 .263 .268
6 Years 630 1,875 166 410 58 18 16 0 144 111 5 192 49 9 8 45 .219 .264 .294

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Billy Hunter Fielding Stats

1953 Browns SS 152 150 3,975 821 5.4 796 284 512 25 99 n/a n/a n/a .970 5.41
1954 Orioles SS 124 121 3,111 614 5.0 582 249 333 32 76 n/a n/a n/a .948 5.05
1955 Yankees SS 98 91 2,136 380 3.9 364 115 249 16 60 n/a n/a n/a .958 4.60
1956 Yankees 3B 4 2 63 8 2.0 8 2 6 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.43
1956 Yankees SS 32 19 525 107 3.3 107 49 58 0 20 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.50
1957 Athletics 2B 64 58 1,524 270 4.2 263 111 152 7 40 n/a n/a n/a .974 4.66
1957 Athletics 3B 17 10 288 42 2.5 40 18 22 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .952 3.75
1957 Athletics SS 35 23 690 144 4.1 135 46 89 9 19 n/a n/a n/a .938 5.28
1958 Athletics 2B 8 8 198 32 4.0 32 14 18 0 6 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.36
1958 Athletics 3B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1958 Athletics SS 12 9 267 45 3.8 42 10 32 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .933 4.25
1958 Indians 3B 2 0 9 1 0.5 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1958 Indians SS 75 56 1,557 305 4.1 289 124 165 16 47 n/a n/a n/a .948 5.01
SS Totals 528 469 12,261 2,416 4.6 2,315 877 1,438 101 325 n/a n/a n/a .958 5.10
2B Totals 72 66 1,722 302 4.2 295 125 170 7 46 n/a n/a n/a .977 4.63
3B Totals 24 12 363 51 2.1 49 20 29 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .961 3.64
6 Years 624 547 14,346 2,769 4.4 2,659 1,022 1,637 110 375 n/a n/a n/a .960 5.00

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Billy Hunter Miscellaneous Stats

1953 Browns 3 1 .750 0 2 n/a 567.0 12.6 15.3 - - -
1954 Orioles 5 4 .556 2 0 n/a 205.5 10.8 15.2 - - -
1955 Yankees 9 2 .818 1 1 n/a 85.0 14.2 12.8 - - -
1956 Yankees 0 1 .000 1 3 n/a 0.0 18.8 6.8 - - -
1957 Athletics 1 2 .333 4 8 n/a 39.9 7.4 11.0 - - -
1958 Athletics 1 1 .500 0 3 n/a 29.0 8.3 5.3 - - -
1958 Indians 4 1 .800 1 5 n/a 0.0 5.1 21.1 - - -
6 Years 23 12 .657 9 22 n/a 117.2 9.8 13.0 - - -

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Billy Hunter Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1953 St. Louis Browns 6 $6,000.00 Stats -
1954 Baltimore Orioles 6 $9,000.00 - -
1955 New York Yankees 20 $11,000.00 - -
1956 New York Yankees 20 $11,000.00 - -
1957 Kansas City Athletics 1 $11,000.00 - -
1958 Kansas City Athletics 1 $11,000.00 - -
1958 Cleveland Indians 7 "     " - -
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Gordon William Hunter was a Major League Baseball player for the St. Louis Browns (1953), Baltimore Orioles (1954), New York Yankees (1955-1956), Kansas City Athletics (1957-1958), and Cleveland Indians (1958). Billy, his nickname, also coached for the Orioles (1964-1977), and on June 28, 1977, became the Texas Rangers Managers (1977-1978).
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Billy Hunter Baseball Card | 1978 Topps Baseball Card (#548 | Checklist )
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Did you know that Billy Hunter made history when he played shortstop on Sunday, September 27, 1953 - the last St. Louis Browns game in Major League history? Around the horn that historic day were Duane Pillette , pitcher, Les Moss , catcher, Ed Mickelson , first base, Bobby Young , second base, Jim Dyck , third base, Billy Hunter, shortstop, Jim Pisoni , right field, Johnny Groth , center field and Don Lenhardt , left field.

Did you know that Billy Hunter, on September 26, 1953 , hit his first Major League home run? In the bottom of the eighth inning, two outs, trailing 1-6, with a runner on second, Hunter took Connie Johnson deep - AND, it was the last home run EVER hit by a St. Louis Browns player !

On April 13, 1954 , Billy Hunter took the field in Briggs Stadium, at shortstop, and became the first Baltimore Orioles player to wear #6 in a regular season game!

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