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Billy North

Born: May 15, 1948

Birthplace: Seattle

Profession: Baseball player

Nationality: United States

Billy North

Date of Birth : May 15, 1948
Birth Place : Seattle

William Alex North is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1971 to 1981, he played for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. He was a switch hitter and threw right-handed. In an 11-year career, North compiled a career batting average of .261 with 20 home runs and 230 runs batted in. One of the fastest men in the game, he also recorded 395 stolen bases. In 1969 North was drafted by the Cubs in the 12th round of the amateur draft. The speedy outfielder was traded to the Athletics after the 1972 season and started in center field on Oakland’s 1973 World Series champions. Batting leadoff, he posted career highs in batting average and runs scored. However, on September 20, in a loss to the Minnesota Twins, North tripped over first base; the resulting ankle sprain not only cost him the American League stolen base title, it also sidelined him for the remainder of the season and cost him the chance to play in the post-season. In 1974 North did lead the league in steals, with 54, on an Athletics team that won its third consecutive World Series title. He was also involved in a not-so-memorable moment on June 5 of that season.


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