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Gordon William Hunter
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
- School Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Debut April 14, 1953
- Final Game September 27, 1958
- Born June 4, 1928 in Punxsutawney, PA USA
 Biographical Information
Billy Hunter played six seasons in the majors, mostly at shortstop, and later managed the Texas Rangers. He appeared in the All-Star game as a rookie in 1953. An outstanding fielder early in his career, Hunter has one of the lowest career batting averages and on-base percentages of any former major league regular.
Hunter was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948, and played at Trois-Rivières that same year. During his time in the Dodgers organization, though, Pee Wee Reese owned shortstop, and so Hunter was eventually traded in 1952 to the St. Louis Browns.
In 1954, he was on the team during the first season of the Baltimore Orioles. After the season he was traded to the New York Yankees in a multi-player deal involving Don Larsen, and Billy became the regular shortstop on the 1955 Yankees, appearing a bit more often than the 38-year-old Phil Rizzuto at the position.
For 1957 he moved to the Kansas City Athletics where he became the regular second baseman, also playing a lot of shortstop and some third base. He hit under .200, and the following year when he also hit under .200 for Kansas City and Cleveland, his major league career was over.
After his playing career ended, Billy Hunter was a scout for the Cleveland Indians in 1961. He managed the Bluefield Orioles in 1962 and 1963 and was a Baltimore Orioles coach from 1964 to 1977 before becoming skipper of the Texas Rangers for a season and a half. He was also a longtime athletics director at Towson State University. Hunter coached the baseball team at Towson from 1979 to 1987.
 Notable Achievements
- 1952 MVP Texas League Fort Worth Cats
- AL All-Star (1953)
- Won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1956 (he did not play in the World Series)
|Texas Rangers Manager
 Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1962||Bluefield Orioles||Appalachian League||47-23||1st||Baltimore Orioles||none League Champs|
|1963||Bluefield Orioles||Appalachian League||45-24||1st||Baltimore Orioles||none League Champs|
|1977||Texas Rangers||American League||60-33||2nd||Texas Rangers|| replaced Frank Lucchesi (31-31), Eddie Stanky (1-0)|
and Connie Ryan (2-4) on June 28
|1978||Texas Rangers||American League||86-75||--||Texas Rangers||replaced by Pat Corrales on October 1|