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William Harmong Lamar
(Good Time Bill,Broadway)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.

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Bill Lamar was an outfielder 15 years 1915 to 1929, nine in the Major Leagues and 11 in the minors.

He was a veteran of both World Wars I and II (BN).

From 1917 through 1921 and from 1924 through 1927 he played the outfield in 550 games for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Brooklyn Robins and Philadelphia Athletics. He pinch hit in 3 games for the Robins in the 1920 World Series.

As Lamar's nickname indicates, he often tested his managers' patience. Two years after he hit .356 for the A's they traded him to Washington. When he refused to report without a raise, he was suspended for the season and never again played in the majors. (JK) June 28, 1925: A's OF "Broadway" Bill Lamar hits in his 28th straight game; he'll be stopped the next day, but will hit .356.

He was a real estate broker in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD before retiring in 1956. He died at age 73 at his home in Rockport, MA and is buried at Baltimore National Cemetery in Baltimore, MD.

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Principal sources for Bill Lamar include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs {{{WW}}} (WW), old Baseball Registers {{{BR}}} (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN {{{DAG}}} (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) {{{MORE}}} and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.

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