Billy Goodman

Billy Goodman

Original Name William Dale Goodman
Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA
Death 1 Oct 1984 (aged 58)
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
Burial Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA
Plot 280
Memorial ID 26512743 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. He led the American League in hitting with a .354 average in 1950 and was a lifetime .300 hitter over a 16-year career. The left-handed hitter wound up playing every infield and outfield position, logging 624 games at second base, 406 at first base, 330 at third base, 111 in the outfield and seven at shortstop. Over his first nine full seasons, he batted .300 five times and never below .293. On May 10, 1953 he suffered a freak rib injury which kept him sidelined for three weeks when teammate Jim Piersall picked him up and carried him from the field to break up his argument with umpire Jim Duffy. On May 1, 1954, Goodman's single in the sixth inning ruined the Chicago White Sox's Virgil Trucks' bid for a third career no-hitter. Later, that season Trucks had another no-hit bid snapped when Detroit's Harvey Kuenn singled in the third. Goodman was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on June 14, 1957 for pitcher Mike Fornieles. The Orioles dealt him, outfielder Tito Francona and pitcher Ray Moore to the Chicago White Sox for pitchers Jack Harshman and Russ Heman, outfielder Larry Doby and first baseman Jim Marshall on Dec. 3, 1957. He batted .231 in five games at third base for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He wound up his career with the expansion Houston Colt 45s in 1962 and became a player-manager in the Houston minor-league system from 1963-65. He scouted for the Red Sox in 1966, was an instructor in the Kansas City Athletics' organization in 1967 and then joined the Atlanta Braves as a minor-league coach and manager.

Bio by: Ron Coons

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  • Added: 30 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26512743
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Billy Goodman (22 Mar 1926–1 Oct 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26512743, citing Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .