Billy Hunter (baseball)

Gordon William Hunter (born June 4, 1928) is a retired American shortstop, coach and manager in Major League Baseball.

Billy Hunter
Born: June 4, 1928 (age 91)
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1953, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1958, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.219
Home runs16
Runs batted in144
As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Playing career

Born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Hunter was listed as 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg). He threw and batted right-handed. After attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Penn State, Hunter was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948. He was sold to the St. Louis Browns of the American League on October 14, 1952, for $150,000 after leading the Texas League in fielding and stolen bases. Hunter was the starting shortstop for the last Browns club in 1953 and the first modern Baltimore Orioles team when the Brownies moved to Maryland in 1954. For the remainder of his career, however, he was a second-string infielder for the New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics and Cleveland Indians. Hunter batted .219 in 630 games over his six-year (1953–58) AL career.

Scout and coach

When Hunter's playing career ended, he scouted for the Indians and Orioles, managed in the Baltimore farm system and was appointed on November 20, 1963 as the Orioles' third-base coach by former Yankees teammate Hank Bauer who had become the team's manager one day earlier.[1] He performed that role for almost 14 seasons for four AL champions and two World Series winners. In late 1971, Hunter declined a chance to become manager of the California Angels.[2]

MLB manager and college head coach

Hunter left the Orioles on June 28, 1977, to take the helm of the Texas Rangers — the club's fourth skipper of the 1977 season (including Eddie Stanky, who signed to succeed Frank Lucchesi but returned to retirement after one game, and Connie Ryan, who managed six games in the interim between Stanky and Hunter).[3] Under Hunter, the Rangers won 60 of their final 93 games and climbed from fourth to second place in the American League West Division. In 1978 the Rangers finished tied for second, five games behind the division-leading Kansas City Royals. During the season, Hunter had a confrontation with pitcher Dock Ellis on a team bus. Ellis was later quoted saying Hunter "may be Hitler, but he ain't making no lampshade out of me."[4] After turning down a five-year contract extension in midseason,[5] offered by Rangers' young owner, Brad Corbett, Hunter was fired with one day left in the campaign due to his poor relationship with his team. When asked if he was sorry he took the manager's job, Hunter replied "yes."[6]

Hunter's record over his one-and-a-half seasons was 146–108 (.575), but he never returned to the Major Leagues as a coach or manager though he claimed to have received a half dozen job offers in the winter of 1978.[7] He became head baseball coach and athletic director at Maryland's Towson State University, retiring in 1995. He was a 1996 honoree into the Orioles Hall of Fame, inducted with Jerry Hoffberger and Cal Ripken, Sr. These three men were so well thought of in Baltimore that a crowd of 400 showed up at the luncheon at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel.[8]


  1. ^ Birds' Bauer Names Woodling And Hunter," United Press International, Thursday, November 21, 1963.
  2. ^ Hunter declines Angel position
  3. ^ "Hunter takes over Texas". The Gadsden Times. Associated Press. 28 June 1977. p. 13. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  4. ^ Dock Ellis ready to break rules
  5. ^ Rangers Corbett not very happy
  6. ^ Once Texas hero, Hunter fired for poor relationship with team
  7. ^ Hunter shuns majors
  8. ^ Badger, Sylvia. Hunter, Hoffberger, Ripken Sr. enter Orioles Hall of Fame, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, 1 September 1996. Retrieved on 2010-6-26

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Preceded by
Luke Appling
Baltimore Orioles third-base coach
Succeeded by
Cal Ripken, Sr.
Baltimore County, Maryland

Baltimore County is third-most populous county located in the U.S. state of Maryland and is part of the Baltimore metropolitan area and Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area (a combined statistical area). Along with Washington, D.C. and its suburbs, Baltimore County forms the southern anchor of the Northeast megalopolis, which stretches northward to Boston. Baltimore County hosts a diversified economy, with particular emphasis on education, government, and health care.

The county is home to multiple universities, including Goucher College, Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College), Towson University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Don Larsen

Don James Larsen (born August 7, 1929) is an American retired Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. During a 15-year MLB career, he pitched from 1953 to 1967 for seven different teams. Larsen pitched for the St. Louis Browns / Baltimore Orioles (1953–54; 1965), New York Yankees (1955–59), Kansas City Athletics (1960–1961), Chicago White Sox (1961), San Francisco Giants (1962–64), Houston Colt .45's / Houston Astros (1964–65), and Chicago Cubs (1967).

Larsen pitched the sixth perfect game in MLB history, doing so in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. It is the only no-hitter and perfect game in World Series history and is one of only two no hitters in MLB postseason history (the other Roy Halladay's in 2010). He won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award in recognition of his 1956 postseason.

Gordon Hunter

Gordon Hunter may refer to:

Gordon Hunter (academic), British computer scientist

Gordon Hunter (footballer, born 1954), English footballer (York City)

Gordon Hunter (footballer, born 1967), Scottish footballer (Hibernian)

Gordon Hunter (rugby union) (died 2002), New Zealand rugby union player, coach and selector

Gord Hunter (born 1946), Ottawa city councillor

Billy Hunter (baseball) (Gordon William Hunter, born 1928), baseball player and manager


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