Josh Billings (billijo01)

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John Augustus Billings

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Biographical Information[edit]

Josh Billings was the first player from Oklahoma State University to come to the majors. He had an eleven-year career in the big leagues, all with two teams, although he never had as many as 200 at-bats in any one season.

The book Baseball in Baton Rouge has a photo of Billings when he was manager of the Kenosha Comets, an entry in the AAGPBL in 1943. He is pictured with Ann Harnett, said to be the first player signed by the AAGPBL. The book also mentions that at age 38 he was an all-star catcher with Vicksburg, and that he was president of the Baton Rouge Solons in 1933 (along with being player-manager).

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1930 Alexandria Reds Cotton States League 35-30 -- none Team disbanded on June 17
1932 Baton Rouge Senators Cotton States League 51-20 1st none League disbanded on July 13
1933 Baton Rouge Solons Dixie League 77-47 1st none League Champs
1934 Baton Rouge Red Sticks/Clarksdale Ginners East Dixie League 47-82 6th none
1935 Lake Charles Skippers Evangeline League 44-84 8th Cincinnati Reds
1936 Columbia Senators South Atlantic League -- none replaced by Blackie Carter
1940 Clinton Giants Three-I League 62-57 5th New York Giants
1941 Clinton Giants Three-I League 57-68 6th New York Giants

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