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Bill Lamar

Bill Lamar
Born: (1897-03-21)March 21, 1897
Rockville, Maryland
Died: May 24, 1970(1970-05-24) (aged 73)
Rockport, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 19, 1917 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
August 6, 1927 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .310
Home runs 19
Runs batted in 245

William Harmong Lamar [Good Time Bill] (March 21, 1897 – May 24, 1970) was a left fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1917 through 1927 for the New York Yankees (1917–1919), Boston Red Sox (1919), Brooklyn Robins (1920–1921) and Philadelphia Athletics (1924–1927). Listed at 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 185 lb., Lamar batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was born in Rockville, Maryland.

In a nine-season career, Lamar was a .310 hitter (633-for-2040) with 19 home runs and 245 RBI in 550 games, including 303 runs, 114 doubles, 23 triples, 25 stolen bases, and a 1.10 walk-to-strikeout ratio (86-to-78).

Lamar died in Rockport, Massachusetts at age 73.



  • As his nickname indicates, he often tested the patience of his managers. After his career-year for the Athletics, he was traded to the Washington Senators before the 1928 season. When he refused to report with a salary raise, he was suspended for the rest of the year and never appeared in a major league game again.


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  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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