Bill PhillipsName: William B. Phillips

Nickname: Bill

Induction: June 4, 1988

Born (date, year, place): April 1857 in St. John, New Brunswick

Died (date, year, place): October 7, 1900 in Chicago Illinois

Primary Position: First base

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Years Played: 1879 to 1888

Teams Played: Cleveland Blues, Brooklyn Grays, Kansas City Cowboys

Born in St. John, New Brunswick, the Canuck first baseman debuted with the National League’s Cleveland Blues on May 1, 1879.

Often pictured with a big, bushy moustache, Phillips quickly established himself as a durable infielder, leading the National League in games played in 1881. During his six seasons in the Senior Circuit, Phillips finished in the top 10 in triples three times (1880, 1881, 1884) and topped National League first baseman in double plays in 1880, 1881 and 1882.

 

In 1885, Phillips was sold to the American Association’s Brooklyn Grays, where he continued to be productive, hitting a career-high .302 and leading the circuit in fielding percentage at first base that season. For an encore, he suited up for a league-high 141 games in 1886 and banged out a career-best 160 hits. In his final season in 1888, Phillips topped the league with 1,476 putouts. The hardy Maritimer retired as the first Canadian to record 1,000 hits in the majors.

Career Major League Statistics

 

G AB R H D T HR RBI TB BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG
1038 4255 562 1130 214 98 17 534 1591 178 215 39 .299 .374 .266
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