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William Angelo Consolo

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Billy Consolo made his major league debut at the age of 18 with the Boston Red Sox in 1953. He played 10 seasons in the majors, never getting as many as 250 at-bats in one season. He played 317 games at shortstop, 101 at second base, and 61 at third base.

Consolo hit only .221 lifetime in the majors but drew walks well, with a .315 on-base percentage.

He was the Opening Day second baseman and leadoff hitter for the Boston Red Sox in 1954.

After his playing days, Consolo was a Detroit Tigers coach from 1979 to 1992 and again in 1995.

Consolo was a boyhood friend of Sparky Anderson. He was a baseball and track star at Dorsey High School and was named Los Angeles city player of the year in 1951 and 1952. Anderson and Bill Lachemann (brother of Rene and Marcel) were teammates at Dorsey and also on a national champion American Legion Baseball team. He came straight to the majors as one of the early bonus babies. In the 1960s, after his playing days he became a barber. Source: L.A. Times obituary.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Joanne Hulbert: "Billy Consolo", in Mark Pattison and David Raglin, ed.: Detroit Tigers 1984: What A Start! What A Finish!, SABR Publications, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, pp. 191-196. ISBN 1933599448
  • Joanne Hulbert: "Billy Consolo", in Mark Armour and Bill Nowlin, eds.: Red Sox Baseball in the Days of Ike and Elvis: The Red Sox of the 1950s, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, pp. 233-240. ISBN 978-1933599243

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