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Only Two Billy Hamiltons?

For most sport fans in Northern Ireland , the name Billy Hamilton means passion and power on the football pitch.

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For most sport fans in Northern Ireland , the name Billy Hamilton means passion and power on the football pitch. A heroic figure in the shock 1-0 victory over the host nation at the 1982 World Cup finals.

Well ...actually .....if you like baseball.......this is the only Billy Hamilton you`d want to sing about ..

William Robert Hamilton is part of baseball`s hall of fame and has some pretty impressive statistics.

William Robert Hamilton

Photo by Dusty Harshman
  • Born: February 16, 1866, Newark, New Jersey
  • Died: December 16, 1940, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Bats: left
  • Throws: right
Elected to Hall of Fame by Committee on Baseball Veterans: 1961

Although best remembered as a base thief, "Sliding" Billy Hamilton also excelled at bat and in the outfield. His 912 career stolen bases and single-season totals of 111 (1889 and 1891) stood as records for almost 80 years.

One of only three players in Major League history with more runs scored than games played, Hamilton was perhaps the best player of the 1890s.
Seven times a stolen-base champion, he combined raw speed, daring baserunning, patience at the plate, and a .344 career average (sixth-best all-time) to become the game's first great leadoff hitter. In a period when stolen bases were also credited when baserunners gained more bases than a batter earned on a hit, Hamilton compiled phenomenal stolen base totals.

Just like our "Billy" , Sliding Billy hung his boots up due to knee problems and he retired after hitting only .287 in 1901.
The soccer Billy Hamilton now makes his living running his own sports trophy business, in Bangor Co. Down.

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