Thursday, July 12, 2012

HOF Sketch Card Project: Bill Terry

Bill Terry played first base for the New York Giants from 1923 until 1936. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954, he was the last National Leaguer to hit over .400 in a season when he batted .401 in 1930.

I completed this sketch card in June 2012.

10 random facts about Bill Terry:
  • He made his professional debut in 1916 at age 15.
  • He began his minor league career as a pitcher before being converted to a first baseman.
  • He managed the Giants from 1932 until 1941 and won 3 pennants.
  • Over his 14-year career, Terry posted seven seasons with 100 or more runs, six seasons with 100 or more RBI, six seasons with at least 200 hits, and nine consecutive seasons batting .320 or higher.
  • He is the last National League player to have garnered a record nine hits in a doubleheader when he turned the trick on June 18, 1929.
  • He currently holds the National League record for the highest career batting average for a left-handed hitter at .341.
  • After retiring from playing and managing, Terry bought an automobile dealership. 
  • He purchased the Jacksonville Braves double-A team in 1958.
  • His nickname was 'Memphis Bill'.
  • He has his #3 retired by the San Francisco Giants in 1984.

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