Bill Stoneman

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William Hambly Stoneman
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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill Stoneman pitched eight seasons in the majors, most notably for the Montreal Expos, and was later General Manager of the Expos and Los Angeles Angels.

Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 31st round of the 1966 amateur draft, Stoneman was in the majors with the team the following summer. He made 46 appearances, primarily out of the bullpen, for the Cubs before being selected by the Expos in the 1969 expansion draft. Installed in the Montreal rotation, he pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 17, 1969, in just the tenth game in franchise history; it was also his first career complete game. He pitched 5 shutouts that season, but was wildly inconsistent, as he ended up with a record of 11-19, 4.39 and led the National League with 123 walks and 12 hit batsmen.

In five years with Montreal, Stoneman was a mainstay of the rotation. He won 17 games in 1971 and was a National League All-Star the next summer. Also in 1972, he threw a second no-hitter on October 2nd against the New York Mets. That contest was the final complete game of his career, making him the only major leaguer to throw no-nos in both his first and last complete game.

Bothered by arm injuries, he fell to 4-8, 6.80 in 1973. Stoneman then ended his career with the California Angels in 1974, where he was only 1-8, 6.14. With 54 career victories, he is the winningest pitcher to come out of the University of Idaho.

Following his playing days, Stoneman worked in the Expos front office from 1984 to 1999. He was Vice-President for Baseball Administration, and later Vice-President for Baseball Operations. He was General Manager of the team briefly in 1987 and 1988 and assistant GM of the club from 1991 to 1999. In November 1999, he became GM of the Angels, a position he held until 2007, including for the Angels' only World Series title in 2002. In 2008 he was named a Senior Advisor for the Angels. On July 1, 2015, he returned to his old job as Angels' GM on an interim basis after Jerry Dipoto had resigned abruptly. On October 4th, the final day of the season, the Angels announced that they had hired Billy Eppler to be their new GM.

Following Stoneman's 1969 no-hitter in Philadelphia, no other visiting pitcher would throw a nine-inning no-hitter in the City of Brotherly Love for 45 years, until Josh Beckett of the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 25, 2014.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1972)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1971)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1969-1972)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1971)

Preceded by
Murray Cook
Montreal Expos General Manager
Succeeded by
Dave Dombrowski
Preceded by
Bill Bavasi
Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels General Manager
Succeeded by
Tony Reagins
Preceded by
Jerry Dipoto
Los Angeles Angels General Manager
Succeeded by
Billy Eppler

Record as General Manager[edit]

Draft Picks[edit]

Expos 1st Round Picks

Other Notable Selections

Angels 1st Round Picks

Other Notable Selections

Significant Trades[edit]

Expos None


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Further Reading[edit]

  • Danny Gallagher: "Stoney goes to the Angels", in Remembering the Montreal Expos, Scoop Press, Toronto, ON, 2005, pp. 232-236.
  • Alden Gonzalez: "Stoneman has no regrets about his run as Angels GM",, February 2, 2016. [1]
  • Norm King: "Expos Get First Franchise No-Hitter Right Out of the Gate", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 41, Number 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 90-92.
  • Norm King: "Stoney's Second No-No; October 2, 1972: Montreal Expos 7, New York Mets 0 At Jarry Park", in Norm King, ed.: Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2016, pp. 15-16. ISBN 978-1-943816-15-6
  • Bill Stoneman (as told to Al Doyle): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, June 2005, pp. 70-73. [2]
  • Adam J. Ulrey: "Stoney sets record for fastest no-hitter by a franchise; April 17, 1969: Montreal Expos 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0 At Connie Mack Stadium", in Norm King, ed.: Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2016, pp. 10-11. ISBN 978-1-943816-15-6

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