Billy Southworth

Position: Rightfielder
Bats: Left  •  Throws: Right
5-9, 170lb (175cm, 77kg)
Born: March 9, 1893 in Harvard, NE
Died: November 15, 1969 (Aged 76-251d) in Columbus, OH
Buried: Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, OH
High School: Harvard HS (Harvard, NE)
Debut: August 4, 1913 (Age 20-148d, 3,960th in MLB history)
vs. PHA 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Last Game: July 9, 1929 (Age 36-122d)
vs. PHI 3 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Hall of Fame: Inducted as Manager in 2008. (Voted by Veteran’s Committee)
View Billy Southworth’s Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).
Full Name: William Harold Southworth
Relatives: Cousin of Bill Southworth
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Billy Southworth, outfielder for the Pirates from 1918-1920, and a Hall of Fame manager. He started his minor league career in 1912 at the age of 19 and just one year later he made his debut for the Cleveland Naps. After one big league game, he returned to the minors until 1915, when he played 20 more games for the Naps. He next trip to the majors came three years later for the Pirates. After hitting .314 in 67 games for Birmingham of the Southern Association, the Pirates called him up and watched him hit .341 with 43 RBIs in 64 games. The next season the 26-year-old outfielder hit .280 with 61 RBIs, 23 steals and a league leading 14 triples. After hitting .284 in 146 games in 1920, the Pirates traded him and two other players (plus cash) to the Boston Braves for future Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville.

Southworth went on to play eight more seasons in the majors and was once part of a deal between the Braves and Giants that included two other future Hall of Famers, Casey Stengel and Dave Bancroft. He was a .297 career hitter in 1,192 games. As a manager he won two World Series titles, 1942 and 1944 Cardinals. He also had two other WS appearances, and he finished with a 1044-704 record over 13 seasons. Southworth was elected to the Hall of Fame as a manager by the Veteran’s Committee in 2008. Despite that honor, he likely isn’t even the most famous baseball player born on March 9, 1893. Also born that day was Lefty Williams, one of the main players in the 1919 Black Sox scandal made famous by the movie Eight Men Out. Southworth had a cousin who was also named Billy Southworth. He played in the majors for the 1964 Braves.