William Joseph Klaus
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.
- High School Grant Community High School
- Debut April 16, 1952
- Final Game May 12, 1963
- Born December 9, 1928 in Fox Lake, IL USA
- Died December 3, 2006 in Sarasota, FL USA
The brother of Bobby Klaus, scrappy infielder Billy Klaus had cups of coffee with the Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves in 1952 and 1953. After being acquired by the Boston Red Sox following the 1954 season, which he spent in the minor leagues, he became the team's regular shortstop in 1955, hitting .283 with 7 homers and 60 RBI and finishing second to Herb Score in the Rookie of the Year Award voting. Two years later, in 1957, he hit a career-best 10 homers with the club. However, in 1958, he struggled, hitting just .159, and he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles after the season.
He played five more seasons in the majors with the O's, Washington Senators, and Philadelphia Phillies. In 1960, he had nine hits, nine walks and nine strikeouts, meaning he holds the record for most hits, walks and strikeouts in a season with all three being equal amounts. After his big league career ended, Klaus played two years in Japan for the Chunichi Dragons.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1965||York White Roses||Eastern League||67-72||3rd||Washington Senators||none|
|1966||York White Roses||Eastern League||62-77||6th||Washington Senators||none|
|1967||York White Roses||Eastern League||17-44||--||Washington Senators||--||replaced by George Case (26-51) on June 27|
|1968||Salisbury (NC) Senators||Western Carolinas League||34-87||6th||Washington Senators|
|1969||Lodi Crushers||California League||--||Oakland A's||--||replaced by Warren Hacker|
|1970||Salem Rebels||Carolina League||60-80||7th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
- Charlie Bevis: "Billy Klaus", 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. 241-248. ISBN 978-1933599243