Bill Hands

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William Alfred Hands Jr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill Hands was a very capable starting pitching for the Chicago Cubs of the 1960s and early 1970s. The durable righthander won 20 games in 1969 and 18 in 1970. Often maligned for their bad trades, such as the trade of Lou Brock to the St. Louis Cardinals, Hands was involved in one of the Cubs' best trades in a generation as he was acquired along with catcher Randy Hundley from the San Francisco Giants on December 2, 1965 for pitcher Lindy McDaniel and outfielder Don Landrum. He was later dealt to the Minnesota Twins for Dave LaRoche and became ineffective thereafter.

Hands struck out 14 times in a row between June 9 and July 11, 1968.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 3 (1968-1970)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1969)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1968-1971)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1969)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bill Hands (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, July 1995, pp. 57-58. [1]

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