Bill Nicholson

Baseball Player

Bill Nicholson was born in Chestertown, Maryland, United States on December 11th, 1914 and is the Baseball Player. At the age of 81, Bill Nicholson biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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William Beck Nicholson
Date of Birth
December 11, 1914
United States
Place of Birth
Chestertown, Maryland, United States
Death Date
Mar 8, 1996 (age 81)
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Baseball Player
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Chestertown (Chestertown, MD); Washington College
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Bill Nicholson Career

In a 16-year career, Nicholson posted a .268 batting average with 235 home runs and 948 run batted in in 1677 games.

At 6 feet tall and 205 pounds, he was an imposing figure at the plate. While awaiting each pitch, he would loosen up with determined practice swings, ending each with his bat aimed at the pitcher, and holding that pose for several seconds. With each practice swing, the fans would chant "Swish."

Nicknamed "Swish" because of his mighty swing, which often missed the ball, Nicholson twice led the National League in home runs and runs batted in. He played briefly in the American League for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1936, then spent two years in the minors before joining the Chicago Cubs in 1939.

Nicholson became a regular with the Cubs in 1940. His most productive season came in 1943, when he hit .309 with a league-leading 29 home runs and 128 runs batted in. He finished third in the NL MVP Award vote behind Stan Musial and Walker Cooper.

In 1944, Nicholson slipped to .287, but he again led the NL in home runs (33) and runs batted in (122), as well as runs (116) and total bases (317). In the same season, after hitting four consecutive homers in a July 23 doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, he came to bat with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of the second game, and was intentionally walked. Obviously, that forced in a run, but the Cubs could not score again and the Giants won the game, 12–10. This time, he lost the MVP honors by one vote to Marty Marion.

Although Nicholson helped the Cubs to the 1945 pennant, his failing eyesight resulted in a slip in production. He hit only .243 with 13 home runs and 88 runs batted in during the regular season, and batted just .214 with eight runs batted in during Chicago's seven-game loss to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. The eight RBIs was the record for a 7-game World Series.

In 1949, Nicholson was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he became a part-time player and frequent pinch-hitter. The next season, after he became weak and lost weight, it was disclosed that Nicholson was diabetic. He was unable to play in the World Series with his "Whiz Kids" teammates against the Yankees. Well respected as one of the toughest men to double up, Nicholson hit into double plays only once every 90.7 at-bats. He finished his career in 1953 with eight pinch homers.

Bill Nicholson died in Chestertown, Maryland, at age of 81.


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GRAEME SOUNESS: If you are a small club without much money, struggling to make the sums add up, praying for someone to call and ask for one of your players, it is Chelsea you want to hear from right now. They have just paid a British record £105million for Enzo Fernandez on the strength of a mere 29 games for Benfica and a part in Argentina's World Cup winning team, with the first £40m up front. Well, on the basis of my 18 months as manager of Benfica in the late Nineties, I can say without the remotest doubt that the boy's limited experience in what the Portuguese call the Primeira Liga tells us very little about whether he will be capable of living up to that price tag or the intensity of the Premier League.

Tottenham legend and former England defender Maurice Norman dies aged 88, November 27, 2022
Former Tottenham and England defender Maurice Norman has died at the age of 88, the Premier League club have announced. After making 35 appearances for Norwich, a teenage Norman joined Spurs in 1955 and went on to play 411 times for the north London outfit over the 10 years that followed. That included great success under Bill Nicholson as the centre-back helped Tottenham win the league and FA Cup double in 1960-61, the FA Cup again in 1962 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1963.

'They wanted their wives on plane': Cliff Jones says Wales dropped four players at 1958 World Cup, November 19, 2022
IAN HERBERT FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: No one ever quite got to the bottom of why Wales were based at Saltsjobaden - a town with no training facilities - on the last occasion they reached the World Cup finals, though Cliff Jones is fairly certain that costs came into the calculation.The Welsh FA chartered a plane to fly to that Sweden tournament of 1958 and after the squad's selectors insisted that seats be found on board for their wives - a different kind of WAG held sway back then - it transpired that there was no room for four of the 22 players selected by manager Jimmy Murphy. 'So the four of them stayed at home,' says Jones, who at 87 is one of four surviving members of that team. 'And that was that.' The same culture applied to what might be very loosely called Wales' World Cup preparation camp. A group of Murphy's players found themselves with a couple of days to kill in London before the flight to Stockholm from Heathrow so they met for a kickabout in Hyde Park.