November 21, 1952 |
Providence, Rhode Island
|September 2, 1974, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 14, 1988, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||296|
William Francis Almon (born November 21, 1952) is a retired American baseball player who played in the major leagues from 1974 through 1988. A utility player, he played first base, second base, shortstop, third base, outfield and designated hitter. He played for the San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies of the National League, and the Chicago White Sox and Oakland A's in the American League.
Almon played collegiately at Brown University. He was the first overall pick in the 1974 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres. After only 39 games in the minor leagues, he was promoted to the majors, debuting on September 2 as the Padres' starting shortstop. He made a critical error in the first inning, allowing two runs to score, giving the Atlanta Braves a lead they would not relinquish.
Almon led all major league shortstops in putouts with 303 in 1977 and the National League in sacrifice hits with 20 that same year. The Padres would trade him to the Montreal Expos after the 1979 season, and he would be signed by the New York Mets midway through the 1980 season. He was picked up by the Chicago White Sox for the 1981 season, which would prove to be his best season. As the starting shortstop for the Chicago White Sox, he hit .301 with 16 stolen bases, ranking 19th in Most Valuable Player voting.
Almon played in the Major Leagues until 1988, seeing playing time for the Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, the Mets on a second tour of duty, before finishing his career with 20 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1988.