Bill Mills (baseball)

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Bill Mills
Catcher
Born: (1919-11-02) November 2, 1919 (age 99) [1]
Boston, Massachusetts [1]
Batted: RightThrew: Right
debut
May 19,  1944, for the  Philadelphia Athletics
Last appearance
June 3,  1944, for the  Philadelphia Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .250
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 0
Hits 1
Teams

William Henry Mills [Buster] (born November 2, 1919) is a former catcher who played in Major League Baseball during the 1944 season. Listed at 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m), 175 lb, he batted and threw right-handed. [1]

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Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mills was one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II. [1]

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Mills started with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1944 as an unsigned free agent out of Holy Cross, where he was a member of the football and baseball squads from 1939 through 1943. In his senior season, Mills served as the captain of the Crusaders baseball team and won the batting title of the league with a .586 average. He was nicknamed Buster after Colonel Buster Mills, who spent nine seasons in the major leagues as a player or manager. [2]

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Baseball Sport

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Mills, who had been rejected by the military draft because of a perforated ear drum, started his professional baseball career in 1944 with the Lancaster Red Roses of the Interstate League, but was promoted to the Athletics in the month of June as the draft was depleting major league rosters of first-line players. He was used primarily as a pinch-hitter in four games and caught one game, going 1-for-4 for a .250 batting average. [1] [3] [4]

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Following his major league stint, Mills played in the minor leagues until 1949. Over a five-year career, he posted a .286 average with 17 home runs in 316 games. [4] After retirement, Mills returned to his native Boston and pursued a teaching and coaching career at the high school level. At age 99, he is the second oldest Baseball player, behind Tom Jordan. [3]

Home run in baseball, a 4-base hit, often by hitting the ball over the outfield fence between the foul poles without 1st touching the ground; inside-the-park home runs—where the batter reaches home safely while the ball is in play—are possible but rare

In baseball, a home run is scored when the ball is hit in such a way that the batter is able to circle the bases and reach home safely in one play without any errors being committed by the defensive team in the process. In modern baseball, the feat is typically achieved by hitting the ball over the outfield fence between the foul poles without first touching the ground, resulting in an automatic home run. There is also the "inside-the-park" home run where the batter reaches home safely while the baseball is in play on the field.

Thomas Jefferson Jordan is a retired American professional baseball player, a catcher who appeared in 39 Major League games over three seasons for the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians (1946), and the St. Louis Browns (1948). Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, Jordan stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg). He threw and batted right-handed.

See also

The 1944 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 5th in the American League with a record of 72 wins and 82 losses.

Sources

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Baseball-Reference.com – Major league profile".
  2. One Hit Wonders – George Rose. Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated, 2004. Format: Paperback, 212 pp. Language: English. ISBN   0-595-31807-X
  3. 1 2 One Hit Wonders
  4. 1 2 "Baseball-Reference.com – Minor league career".

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