Josh Billings (catcher)
November 30, 1891|
|Died: December 30, 1981
Santa Monica, California
|September 9, 1913, for the Cleveland Naps|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 16, 1923, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Runs batted in||29|
John Augustus "Josh" Billings (November 30, 1891 – December 30, 1981) was a backup catcher in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams between the 1913 and 1923 seasons. Listed at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 165 lb., Billings batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Grantville, Kansas.
Billings played from 1913 to 1918 for the Cleveland Naps (renamed the Indians in 1915). In 1919, he was traded to the St. Louis Browns in exchange for Les Nunamaker. In St. Louis he received considerably more playing time than he had in Cleveland. His most productive season came in 1920, when he posted career-numbers in batting average (.277), runs (19) and RBI (11), while matching a career-high 66 games played and finishing seventh in the American League in hit by pitches (7). He was a career .217 hitter in 243 games.
Billings died in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 89.
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