Billy Myers

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William Harrison Myers

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Infielder Billy Myers spent seven years in the minor leagues before he was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals by the Cincinnati Reds on December 14, 1934. the 5' 8" shortstop had just had his career year with the Columbus Red Birds of the American Association that season, hitting at a .313 pace with 10 home runs in 155 games.

Billy spent the next six seasons (1935-1940) with the Reds, having his best year in the majors in 1939, hitting a career-high .281, driving in 56 runs and playing in 151 games. Myers also hit .333 in the Reds' World Series loss to the New York Yankees that season. Billy had an off season in 1940, hitting only .202 in 90 games but appeared in all seven games in the club's World Series victory over the Detroit Tigers that year.

The Reds traded Billy to the Chicago Cubs on December 4, 1940. He hit .222 appearing in only 24 games in 1941, which marked the final season for Billy in the majors. His final stats show that he had a creditable seven-year run, hitting at a .257 average with 45 home runs while appearing in 738 games and fielded the shortstop position at a .949 clip.

Billy finished out the 1941 year with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association, hitting .238 with five homers in 72 games and at age 30 he called it a career. Myers had spent eight seasons in the minors, playing to a .289 batting average with 47 homers while appearing in 775 games. Myers was a three-decade player, starting out in 1928 at age 17 with the Waynesboro Red Birds and finishing up in 1940 with Milwaukee, for a total of 14 seasons in the pros.

Billy also had a younger brother, Lynn Myers who was an infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1938-1939 seasons. Lynn played a total of eight seasons (1933-1942) in professional ball.

Billy died at the age of 84 on April 10, 1995 at his home in Carlisle, PA.

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