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Billy Klaus

MLB Player information
NameBilly Klaus
PositionShortstop / Third baseman
MLB debutApril 16, 1952 for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearanceMay 12, 1963 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average.249
*Boston Braves (1952) *Milwakuee Braves (1953) *Boston Red Sox (1955-1958) *Baltimore Orioles (1959-1960) *Washington Senators (1961) *Philadelphia Phillies (1962-1963) *Chunichi Dragons (1963)

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William Joseph Klaus (December 9, 1928 December 3, 2006) was a shortstop and third baseman in Major League Baseball who played with the Boston & Milwaukee Braves (1952 53), Boston Red Sox (1955 58), Baltimore Orioles (1959 60), Washington Senators (1961) and Philadelphia Phillies (1962 63). He played the end of the 1963 season in Japan for the Chunichi Dragons. Born in Fox Lake, Illinois, he batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

A master defensively, Klaus had good range, a strong and secure arm, and an ability to throw across his body quickly. A modest hitter, his greatest offensive contribution came via the bunt and the hit-and-run, but his defense was good enough by itself to keep him in the majors a while.

In his 1955 rookie season with the Red Sox, Klaus had a career-high .283 batting average with seven home runs and 60 RBI (also a career-high), and finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting behind Herb Score. A year later, he put almost identical numbers (.271, 7, 59), and in 1957 he belted a high-career 10 home runs.

In an 11-season career, Klaus was a .249 hitter with 40 home runs and 250 RBI in 821 games. He had 626 hits in 2513 at bats.

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