Bill Louden

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Bill Louden
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Louden in 1914 with the Buffalo Buffeds
Second baseman, shortstop
Born: (1883-08-27)August 27, 1883
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died: December 8, 1935(1935-12-08) (aged 52)
Piedmont, West Virginia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 1907, for the New York Highlanders
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1916, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average .261
Hits 507
Base on balls 254
Teams

William P. "Baldy" Louden (August 27, 1883 – December 8, 1935), was an American baseball player. He played professional baseball from 1906 to 1920, including six years in Major League Baseball as an infielder with the New York Highlanders (1907), Detroit Tigers (1912–1913), Buffalo Buffeds (1914–1915), and Cincinnati Reds (1916). He appeared in 603 major league games (313 at second base, 176 at shortstop) and compiled a .261 batting average and a .355 on-base percentage.

Early years[edit]

Louden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1883.[1]

Professional baseball[edit]

Louden began his professional baseball career playing with the Allegheny Hilldales in the Pittsburgh sandlots,[2] before moving on to the Texas League where he played for the Greenville Hunters and Dallas Giants in 1906 and 1907.[3]

Louden was acquired by the New York Yankees in August 1907 and made his major league debut the following month. He appeared in 11 games with the Yankees and compiled a .111 batting average and .273 on-base percentage.[1][4]

After his brief tryout with New York, Louden spent the next four years in the minor leagues with the Montreal Royals in 1908 and the Newark Indians from 1909 to 1911.[3]

Louden returned to the major leagues in 1912 with the Detroit Tigers. He appeared in 122 games for the 1912 Tigers, including 87 at second base and 26 at third base, and compiled a .241 batting average and .352 on-base percentage. He led the American League's second basemen with a 5.61 range factor — 0.86 points higher than the league average for second basemen. He remained with the Tigers in 1913, appearing in 76 games with a .241 batting average and .344 on-base percentage.[1]

In 1914, Louden jumped to the Buffalo Buffeds of the newly formed Federal League.[2] He appeared in 126 games in 1914 as Buffalo's regular shortstop. He ranked among the Federal League's leaders in 1914 with a .313 batting average (eighth), a .391 on-base percentage (tenth), and 35 stolen bases (eighth). The following year, he appeared in 141 games for Buffalo but his batting average dropped 32 points to .281.[1]

When the Federal League folded in 1916, Louden moved to the Cincinnati Reds. He appeared in 134 games, 108 at second base and 23 at shortstop, and compiled a .219 batting average and .313 on-base percentage. He led the National League second basemen with a .968 fielding percentage. He also had a range factor of 5.40 — 0.66 points higher than the National League average for second basemen.[1]

In February 1917, Louden was traded to Kansas City.[5] Louden finished his professional baseball career in 1920 as a player-manager of the Martinsburg Mountaineers in the Blue Ridge League.[3][6]

Later years[edit]

After retiring from baseball, Louden settled in Piedmont, West Virginia, where he operated a garage. He died in 1935 at age 52 in Piedmont.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Baldy Louden Major League Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bill Louden, Ex-Major League Player, Dies: Started Baseball Career with Allegheny Hilldales; Served in National, American and Federal Leagues Before Quitting Game". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 9, 1935. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c "Baldy Louden Minor League Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bill Louden in Majors". Pittsburgh Daily Post. August 6, 1907. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Bill Louden Is Slated For Minors". The Pittsburgh Gazette Times. February 26, 1917. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Big League Pilot: Former Detroit Infielder To Lead Martinsburg". The Gettysburg Times. March 31, 1920. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read