Billy Goodman

Billy GoodmanHe didn’t have a regular position with the Boston Red Sox in 1950, but Billy Goodman still managed to win the American League batting title with a .354 mark. Late in the season when he needed more official plate appearances to qualify for the title, teammate and starting shortstop Johnny Pesky went to manager Joe McCarthy and volunteered to sit so Goodman could garner the necessary playing time. Though Goodman slumped and hit just .280 in September, he had built a big enough lead and won the title, mostly due to his blistering .397 average in the month of August.

Goodman was never known for his glove, and on the talented Boston club of the late 1940s and 1950s, he saw time in the lineup filling in anywhere he was needed – the outfield, first base, second base, and third base. For his career he played more than 600 games at second, 400 at first, and 300 at the hot corner. Despite not having a regular spot, he earned MVP votes in six different seasons and was regarded as a valuable member of the talented Red Sox teams that included Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Vern Stephens, and Dom DiMaggio.