February 17, 1934 |
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|April 15, 1958 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1966 for the Washington Senators|
|Runs batted in||509|
Willie Charles Kirkland (born February 17, 1934 in Siluria, Alabama) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the San Francisco Giants (1958–1960), Cleveland Indians (1961–1963), Baltimore Orioles (1964) and Washington Senators (1964–1966). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
Following his major league career, Kirkland played six seasons in Japan (1968–1973) for the Hanshin Tigers.
- 1960: Collected double digits in doubles (21), triples (10), home runs (21) and stolen bases (12)
- 1961: Hit 27 home runs with 136 hits and 95 RBI in 146 games (all career-highs), including a three-homer game on July 9. This game was against the White Sox. Willie came up in the 9th with the game on the line and Cleveland manager Jimmy Dykes ordered him to bunt, which he successfully did.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Baseball Library
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