Billy Cox (baseball)

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Billy Cox

Cox in 1953.
Third baseman
Born: (1919-08-29)August 29, 1919
Newport, Pennsylvania
Died: March 30, 1978(1978-03-30) (aged 58)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Batted: RightThrew: Right 
MLB debut
September 20, 1941 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
June 11, 1955 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average    .262
Home runs    66
Runs batted in    351
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • National League Pennants: 1949, 1952, 1953
 
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Billy Cox

Cox in 1953.
Third baseman
Born: (1919-08-29)August 29, 1919
Newport, Pennsylvania
Died: March 30, 1978(1978-03-30) (aged 58)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Batted: RightThrew: Right 
MLB debut
September 20, 1941 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
June 11, 1955 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average    .262
Home runs    66
Runs batted in    351
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • National League Pennants: 1949, 1952, 1953

William Richard Cox (August 29, 1919, in Newport, Pennsylvania – March 30, 1978, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) was a Major League Baseball third baseman.

Signed as an amateur free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1940, Cox made his Major League debut with the Pirates on September 20, 1941, playing in ten games at shortstop that season[1] before serving in the military during World War II.

After returning to the Pirates, he was the starting shortstop in 1946 and 1947 before being traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers on December 8, 1947, along with Preacher Roe and Gene Mauch, for Dixie Walker, Hal Gregg and Vic Lombardi.[2]

Cox was the third baseman of a Brooklyn Dodgers infield in the 1950s that included Gil Hodges, Jackie Robinson, and Pee Wee Reese.

The book Carl Erskine's Tales from the Dodgers Dugout: Extra Innings (2004) includes short stories from the former Dodger pitcher. Cox is prominent in many of them.

Billy is also featured in Roger Kahn's 1971 book The Boys of Summer, which tells the stories of the Brooklyn Dodgers from the early 1950s and then catches up with them later in life.

The youth baseball park on North Second Street in Newport, Pennsylvania, is named after Cox, and hosts Cal Ripken Division baseball games (Babe Ruth baseball's equivalent to Little League) as well as an annual tournament.

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