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William Henry Holbert

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Weight 197 lb.

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Billy Holbert played 12 seasons in the majors, and was with Troy in the early 1880's playing alongside the young Dan Brouthers, Buck Ewing, and Roger Connor. He was famous for being Tim Keefe's catcher. He and Keefe were together both at Troy and then at New York. At various times in his career he also caught Mickey Welch and Pud Galvin.

Holbert had 2,335 career at bats without hitting a home run, an all time record. It must be said, Holbert played in the dead ball era. The modern record for most at bats without a home run belongs to Tom Oliver, with 1931.

He was usually called Billy by the press. After his playing days he served as a minor league umpire. As of 1893 he worked for the Secret Service. In 1898 it was said he worked for a newspaper and owned a farm.

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