Billy Klaus

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1958 Topps #89 Billy Klaus

William Joseph Klaus

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Biographical Information[edit]

The brother of Bobby Klaus, scrappy infielder Billy Klaus had cups of coffee with the Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves in 1952 and 1953. After being acquired by the Boston Red Sox following the 1954 season, which he spent in the minor leagues, he became the team's regular shortstop in 1955, hitting .283 with 7 homers and 60 RBI and finishing second to Herb Score in the Rookie of the Year Award voting. Two years later, in 1957, he hit a career-best 10 homers with the club. However, in 1958, he struggled, hitting just .159, and he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles after the season.

He played five more seasons in the majors with the O's, Washington Senators, and Philadelphia Phillies. In 1960, he had nine hits, nine walks and nine strikeouts, meaning he holds the record for most hits, walks and strikeouts in a season with all three being equal amounts. After his big league career ended, Klaus played two years in Japan for the Chunichi Dragons.

In 1969, he returned to Sarasota, Florida, where he had previously spent spring training, and started a painting business. Klaus died of lung cancer at age 77 in 2006.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1965 York White Roses Eastern League 67-72 3rd Washington Senators none
1966 York White Roses Eastern League 62-77 6th Washington Senators none
1967 York White Roses Eastern League 17-44 -- Washington Senators -- replaced by George Case (26-51) on June 27
1968 Salisbury (NC) Senators Western Carolinas League 34-87 6th Washington Senators
1969 Lodi Crushers California League 43-62 -- Oakland A's -- replaced by Warren Hacker (8-6) on July 31
1970 Salem Rebels Carolina League 60-80 7th Pittsburgh Pirates

Further Reading[edit]

  • Charlie Bevis: "Billy Klaus", in Mark Armour and Bill Nowlin, eds.: Red Sox Baseball in the Days of Ike and Elvis: The Red Sox of the 1950s, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, pp. 241-248. ISBN 978-1933599243

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