“Memphis Bill” played first base for the New York Giants for 14 years (1923-1936). He was the National League starter at the position in the first three All-Star games. He was an outstanding left-handed hitter, batting over .300 in 11 of his 14 seasons, including 9 consecutive years over .320, and 6 times topping the 200 hits mark. In the 1930 season, he tied an NL record which still stands by totaling 254 hits, and hit .401. He is the last National League player to hit for a .400 avg. His career totals include 2,193 hits, 1,078 RBI, 154 home runs and a .341 lifetime batting average. In 1933, as a player-manager, he led the Giants to the World Championship. His #3 was retired by the Giants franchise in 1984, and he was elected to Cooperstown in 1954.
March 12, 2015