Bill Mills (baseball)

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Bill Mills
Catcher
Born: (1919-11-02) November 2, 1919 (age 97)
Boston, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
debut
May 19, 1944, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last appearance
June 3, 1944, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .250
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 0
Hits 1
Teams

William Henry Mills [Buster] (born November 2, 1919) is a former catcher who played in Major League Baseball during the 1944 season. Listed at 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m), 175 lb, he batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mills was one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II.[1]

Mills started with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1944 as an unsigned free agent out of College of the Holy Cross, where he was a member of the football and baseball squads from 1939 through 1943. In his senior season, Mills served as the captain of the Crusaders baseball team and won the batting title of the league with a .586 average. He was nicknamed Buster after Colonel Buster Mills, who spent nine seasons in the major leagues as a player or manager.[2]

Mills, who had been rejected by the military draft because of a perforated ear drum, started his professional baseball career in 1944 with the Lancaster Red Roses of the Interstate League, but was promoted to the Athletics in the month of June as the draft was depleting major league rosters of first-line players. He was used primarily as a pinch-hitter in four games and caught one game, going 1-for-4 for a .250 batting average.[1][3][4]

Following his major league stint, Mills played in the minor leagues until 1949. Over a five-year career, he posted a .286 average with 17 home runs in 316 games.[4]

After playing retirement, Mills returned to his native Boston and pursued a teaching and coaching career at the high school level. At age 95, he is one of the oldest living big leaguers.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Baseball-Reference.com – Major league profile". 
  2. ^ One Hit Wonders – George Rose. Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated, 2004. Format: Paperback, 212 pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-595-31807-X
  3. ^ a b One Hit Wonders
  4. ^ a b "Baseball-Reference.com – Minor league career".