Bill Sweeney (sweenbi02)
William John Sweeney
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.
- High School St. Xavier High School
- Debut June 14, 1907
- Final Game October 5, 1914
- Born March 6, 1886 in Covington, KY USA
- Died May 26, 1948 in Cambridge, MA USA
Bill Sweeney, who played eight years in the majors, came into his own in 1911 and 1912 with the Boston Braves. Previously an undistinguished hitter in the big leagues, in 1911 he hit .314 with an on-base percentage of .404, while in 1912 his .344 batting average was third in the league and his 99 RBI were third in the league. He had been credited for a time with beng second in the National League with 100 RBIs, but in-depth research by Herm Krabbenhoft confirmed that his total was 99. In both years he was among league leaders in doubles, and in 1912 he was sixth in the MVP voting.
Sweeney was traded before the 1914 season for Johnny Evers, and thus missed the "Miracle Braves" year. Sweeney, who had broken into the major leagues in 1907 with the 1907 Chicago Cubs, thus finished up his major league career with the 1914 Chicago Cubs, taking over Johnny Evers' position at second base.
Sweeney broke into professional ball with Toledo in 1904. During his major league days he had started an insurance business, and after he retired from baseball he continued to run his insurance agency. Deadball Stars of the National League and his SABR biography say he coached for Boston College in 1916 but the Boston College listings have Joe Monahan; perhaps Sweeney was an assistant.
He is not to be confused with two other major leaguers bearing the name "Bill Sweeney".
- NL Plate Appearances Leader (1912)
- NL Singles Leader (1912)