Billy Hamilton is ready to give America’s pastime a jolt
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By now, tales of Billy Hamilton’s feats of feet are told around baseball clubhouses like those Chuck Norris legends that swept the Internet a few years back. There’s the one where the then 21-year-old stole second base without taking a lead off first. Or the time he scored a game-winning run off an infield fly. Then there’s the diving catch near the left-field warning track. It would have been a highlight grab for an outfielder–but Hamilton was playing shortstop.
Asked to pick a favorite of these minor-league exploits, Hamilton, a 23-year-old rookie outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, singles out that sprint from shortstop to left field, where, like a cleated Clark Kent, he bailed out a teammate who had lost the ball in the spring-training sun.