|Hamilton holds the major league record for runs scored in one year; scoring 192 times. He led the league in runs scored 4 times. Three times Billy stole over 100 bases in one year and stole 912 lifetime bases in the 14 years that he played. He led the league 5 times in walks and in on base pct. and also 5 times in stolen bases. In 3 consecutive years, Billy stole over 100 bases.
Nicknamed - "Sliding Billy", Hamilton at 5' 6" was a terror on the bases; he slid into everybody; he was the first player to begin sliding into bases. Second basemen feared when Billy reached first base. An excellent bunter and chop hitter along with his ability to walk; Hamilton seemed to always be on base. Hall of Famer, Hamilton had a .344 lifetime batting average and walked 1187 times while striking out only 218 times in 14 years. In 1894, he had a 46 game hitting streak and finished the year hitting .404 with an .523 on base pct; the 6th. highest in baseball history. Billy Hamilton Holds The Record For Most Stolen Bases Per Games Played! baseballhistorian.com archives All Rights Reserved 'Sliding' Billy