Sunday, November 29, 2009

Unpossible Autograph: Billy Klaus

Billy Klaus 1959-1960 (d. 06)

Billy was known more for his glove than his bat as a shortstop and third baseman over his ten seasons in the Majors. He started his career on a high note by having his best season at the plate during his rookie campaign for the 1955 Red Sox. He came in second place for the Rookie of the Year award behind Cleveland's Herb Score and also received some MVP votes for his effort that season.

Billy spent the '59-60 seasons with the Orioles as their utility infielder and played second, third and short for the Birds.

After Billy retired from baseball he started a painting contracting business and also owned and operated an antiques store. He died of lung cancer in Sarasota, Florida on December 3, 2006.

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