First baseman, Baseball Player
1857 – 1900
Who was Bill Phillips?
William B. "Bill" Phillips, also known as Silver Bill, was a Canadian professional baseball first baseman from the mid-1870s until the late 1880s. From 1879 to 1888, he played for three major league teams; the Cleveland Blues of the National League from 1879 to 1884, the Brooklyn Grays of the American Association from 1885 to 1887, and the Kansas City Cowboys of the AA in 1888. A native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, he has the distinction of being the first Canadian to play in the major leagues.
As a batter, Phillips finished in the top-ten among league leaders on multiple occasions, including triples four times, and games played, at bats, doubles, runs batted in, and extra base hits three times each. Additionally, as a fielder, he finished among the defensive leaders for the league's first baseman in double plays for three consecutive years, and twice finished first in putouts and fielding percentage. He died in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 43. He was later enshrined into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988 for his accomplishments, and is considered by some to be greatest Canadian first baseman in baseball history.
We need you!
Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!
- Apr 1, 1857
- Lived in
- Saint John
- Oct 7, 1900
on July 23, 2013
Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:
"Bill Phillips." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 23 Mar. 2023. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/bill_phillips_1857>.
Discuss this Bill Phillips biography with the community:
We're doing our best to make sure our content is useful, accurate and safe.
If by any chance you spot an inappropriate comment while navigating through our website please use this form to let us know, and we'll take care of it shortly.
You need to be logged in to favorite.