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William John Sweeney

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Bill Sweeney, who played eight years in the majors, came into his own in 1911 and 1912 with the Boston Braves. Previously an undistinguished hitter in the big leagues, in 1911 he hit .314 with an on-base percentage of .404, while in 1912 his .344 batting average was third in the league and his 100 RBI were second in the league. In both years he was among league leaders in doubles, and in 1912 he was sixth in the MVP voting.

Sweeney was traded before the 1914 season for Johnny Evers, and thus missed the "Miracle Braves" year. Sweeney, who had broken into the major leagues in 1907 with the 1907 Chicago Cubs, thus finished up his major league career with the 1914 Chicago Cubs, taking over Johnny Evers' position at second base.

Sweeney broke into professional ball with Toledo in 1904. During his major league days he had started an insurance business, and after he retired from baseball he continued to run his insurance agency.

He is not to be confused with two other major leaguers bearing the name "Bill Sweeney".

SABR has a biography of Bill Sweeney.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Plate Appearances Leader (1912)
  • NL Singles Leader (1912)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1912)

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Find-A-Grave Memorial for Bill Sweeney

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