Bill Dahlen

Baseball Player

Bill Dahlen was born in Nelliston, New York, United States on January 5th, 1870 and is the Baseball Player. At the age of 80, Bill Dahlen biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 5, 1870
United States
Place of Birth
Nelliston, New York, United States
Death Date
Dec 5, 1950 (age 80)
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Baseball Player
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Bill Dahlen Life

William Frederick Dahlen (January 5, 1870 – December 5, 1950) was a member of the National League of Baseball, referred to as "Bad Bill" for his ferocious temperament. He played for four National League clubs from 1891 to 1911.

He appeared on championship teams with the Brooklyn Superbas and the New York Giants, after twice batting over.350 for the Chicago Colts.

He held the top ten in runs batted in (1,234), doubles (461) and extra base hits (661), and ended his career with the highest number in career games played (2,443).

He was also one of the top seven players in hits (2,461); some sources list runs as high as 2,471), triples (163), and total bases (3,447).

As a shortstop, he set major league records for career games (2,132), putouts (4,850), assists (7,500), and double plays (8881); he also ranks second in putouts and fourth in assists, while second in assists (881).

His 42-game hitting streak in 1894 was a record until 1897, and it is the fourth longest in history and the longest by a right-handed NL hitter.

Early life

Dahlen was born in Nelliston, New York, to a family of German descent. He played for Fort Plain High School and the Clinton Liberal Institute, where he began his amateur baseball career as a pitcher and second baseman. He played semi-professionally in 1889 and 1890 in the New York State League.

Dahlen married Hattie on January 1, 1890, and the couple had a daughter, Corinne, the next year.


Bill Dahlen Career

Professional career

Dahlen was a strong hitter and had a lot of power for the dead-ball era. He began his Colts career in 1891, and during his eight years with the team, he was ranked among the top ten players in home runs four times and average three times. He had over 100 runs in each of his first six seasons, with 10 or more triples in 1894, and he had the highest batting average since a major league shortstop in 1896, with a.352 average. His 1894 season featured a record 42-game streak from June 20 to August 6, beating George Davis' 33-game streak a year ago. Dahlen went 0-for-6 in the next game, a 10-inning match on August 7, and the team won by a remarkable 28-game streak, with a game in 70 of 71 games. Willie Keeler, who took in 44 straight years, was his first record broken three years; Pete Rose tied it. Only Joe DiMaggio, who played in 56 games in 1941, has beaten Dahlen's record among right-handed batters. Dahlen also hit three triples in a game, twice in a row, and once in a single inning (August 30, 1900).

Dahlen was originally signed by Chicago in the 1899 season and ended up in Brooklyn following another contract. Although his batting average had decreased from that of earlier years, he recovered by going on to accumulate many walks and stolen bases, as well as playing superb defense. He finished fourth in the NL in 1902 with 74 RBI. Tommy Corcoran set a new NL record for fielding percentage with a.948 average in 1903, beating George Wright's 1878 record of.947; Tommy Corcoran set a new record in 1905 with a.952 average.

Dahlen was traded to the Giants, the team he'd always wanted to play for after the 1903 season, in exchange for pitcher Jack Cronin and Charlie Babb. Although Cronin and Babb were only two bad years in Brooklyn, Dahlen had a strong season with the Giants, leading the league with 80 RBI in his first year, 1904. Despite being ranked at.242, the Giants won their first World Series title in 1905. He was still one of the RBI leaders in 1905 despite his hitting only.242 out of a hundred. Despite being left homeless in the five-game Series, he played with a flawless defense, drawing three walks and stealing three bases. He was often described as one of the game's quietest players, preferring to himself most of the time. He was drafted to the Boston Doves after the 1907 season, for whom he played his last two seasons. In 1909, he smashed Jake Beckley's record of 2,386 career games; Honus Wagner broke his record in turn by 1909's. He was named Brooklyn's boss for the 1910 season but never finished more than 6th place in four seasons. In 1910, he was a pinch-hitter in three games and one at shortstop.

Dahlen's 84 home runs were among the highest totals in history, and ranked second only behind Herman Long (91) in shortstops during his 21-year career. His 289 robbed bases since the stat was resurgent in 1898 were among the top ten highest thefts since they were first reported in 1887, as were his 547 total thefts since they were first reported in 1888. Rabbit Maranville broke his records at games and putouts at shortstop, and Luis Aparicio overtook him for assists, despite his NL record being broken in 1993 by Roger Peckinpaugh; his record for double plays was broken by Roger Peckinpaugh. Only Maranville (16,091) and Wagner (15,536) have surpassed Dahlen's 14,566 total chances at all positions.

As early as 1908, Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets tried to have Dahlen as his coach, but he was unable to do so until the 1910 season.

He won a.414 winning percentage in four years as a boss, earning his nickname in a fierce arguing style that earned 65 ejections as a boss, one of the top ten in history.