William Wright Regan (January 23, 1899 – June 11, 1968) was an American professional baseball second baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1926 to 1931 for the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bill Regan
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Second baseman
Born: (1899-01-23)January 23, 1899
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died: June 11, 1968(1968-06-11) (aged 69)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 2, 1926, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
June 14, 1931, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average.267
Home runs18
Runs batted in292
Teams

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Regan was a World War I veteran who played semi-pro baseball before starting his professional career in 1922. He played for the Kitchener and Flint teams of the Michigan-Ontario League, and later moved on to the Columbus Senators of the American Association. In 1925 hit a .298 batting average for Columbus, and .317 in 38 games in 1926, before joining the Boston Red Sox during the midseason to become the team's regular second baseman for the next five years.

Basically a line drive hitter and smart baserunner, Regan had good contact and was able to convert his gap line drives into extra bases. In 1927 recorded career-numbers with 37 doubles and 10 triples, while hitting .274 in 129 games. His most productive season came in 1928, when he posted career-highs with seven home runs and 75 RBI, while collecting 30 doubles and six triples. On June 16 of that year, he came to bat twice in an inning and homered both times. His second was an inside-the-park homer, as he equaled his HR output of the previous season. Besides this, he was considered in the American League MVP vote in both years.

In 1929 Regan hit a career-high .288, while collecting with 54 RBI. A year later he was still productive hitting 35 doubles, and 10 triples. He also played with the Pirates in 1931, his last major league season.

In a six-year career, Regan was a .267 hitter (632-for-2364) with 18 home runs and 292 RBI in 641 games, including 236 runs, 158 doubles, 36 triples, 38 stolen bases, and a .306 on-base percentage. He made 610 appearances at second base, and committed 138 errors in 3610 chances for a .965 fielding percentage. Eventually, he appeared in 14 games at third base (12), first (1), and right field (1).

Regan later played in the International League for the Baltimore Orioles, Buffalo Bisons, Montreal Royals and Toronto Maple Leafs, before ending his career in 1935 with the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League. While in Baltimore, he hit a career-high .321.

Following his retirement, Regan worked in the Allegheny County (PA) police department for 20 years and also joined the armed forces during World War II.

Regan died in his homeland of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the age of 69.

FactEdit

  • 62 years later, Ellis Burks became the second player in Red Sox history to hit two home runs in the same inning (August 27, 1990).

Babe Ruth's last strikeout victim on September 28, 1930. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1930/B09280BOS1930.htm

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Baseball Reference
  • Retrosheet
  • Baseball Library
  • Michigan-Ontario League
  • The Deadball Era
  • "Bill Regan". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-02-19.