About Us ] Links of Interest ] The Hall ] Members ] News and Events ] Membership Quick List ] Kiosk Pictures ] CSHF Picture Gallery ] Video Gallery ]
Career STATS
Career Major League Statistics - 98 games, I I wins, 4 losses, I I saves, 3.43 ERA, 147 1/3 innings pitched, 99 strikeouts, 62 walks 

1934 Colored All Stars Baseball Team
1937-38 SR. Maroons
1949-50 St.Clair Maroons
1953 BR.431 Bantam Baseball All Stars
1956 BR 431 Bantam Baseball All Stars
1958-59 Rotary JUV. Hockey
1959-60 Senior Maroons
1969-71 S. Elliott Perf Racing
1973 Kinsmen Pee Wee Baseball Team
1974-75 JMSS Boys Basketball Team
1977-78 Chatham Royals Inter. "C" Hockey
1979 Huron & Erie Beverages Midgets
1983-84 & 1984-85 Maple City Jr.Ice Crystals
1985 Chatham Juvenile Baseball Team
1985-86 JMSS Girls Basketball Team
1986-87 BR28 Bantams Team
1989-90 CKSS Boys ""AA" Volleyballl Team
1992-93 JMSS Girls Basketball Team
1997 Sun-Out Diamonds Sr. Baseball Team
1998-99 JR.Maroons
Archie Stirling
Arthur Pelkey
Bill Atkinson
Bill Robinson
Bill Stobbs
Bob Weedon
Brian Wiseman
Carrie Carleton (Dillon)
Casey Maynard
Ches Dawson
Courtney Babcock
Leyte Wilson "Copper"
Dale Lahey
Dan Lewis
Dave Allin
Dave Gagner
David Seton
Dennis McCord
Derek Krete
Don Gillett
Don Hinnegan
Doug Allin
Doug Anakin
Doug Melvin
Earl Flat Chase
Ed Myers
Ed Wright
Elaine Hinnegan
Fergie Jenkins
Fran Crummer
Gene Dziadura
George Aitken
George Bruette
Harold Gillies
Harold McFarlane
Herb Wakabayashi
Irma (Grant) Isaac
Jim Maynard
Joe Zimmer
Joe Malo
Joelle Batten-Daigneau
John McKay
Karrie Williams
Keith Crummer
Larry Babcock
Larry Lahey
Lloyd Davidson
Marion (Watson) Stanton
Martin Aarts
Max Lenover
Mel Wakabayashi
Mort Giles
Norman Morris 'Chirp'
Peter Gilbert
Randy Rybansky
Richard Doey
Ron Blommers
Ross Babcock
Ron Coristine
Ross Day
Roy Galloway
Roy Oscar 'Doc' Miller
Sandra Tewksbury
Shae-Lynn Bourne
Shirley Pilson
Smoke, R.S.Reynolds
Tyson Parry
Wilfred  Harding

BILL ATKINSON
Position: Major League Relief Pitcher
Bats R and Throws L
Birth Date:  October 4,1954
From: Chatham, Ontario Canada
Height: 5' 7" Weight: 158lbs

LINKS
Baseball Reference

Stats (from The Baseball Almanac)

ARTIFACTS

 

 

 

Category - Modern Athlete

Bill Atkinson, a graduate of John McGregor Secondary School was an all-round athlete in his youth. Bill went on to play and coach professional baseball for 11 years, reaching the major leagues with the Montreal Expos in 1976. Bill was born in 1954 and still resides in Chatham where he continued to play senior baseball until 1999.

Bill Atkinson grew up in Chatham, Ontario, the home town of Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, and benefited from tips from his famous neighbor while pitching for amateur teams in the area. He was signed by the Montreal Expos on his 17th birthday and climbed the levels of the organization quickly, reaching AAA in 1975. He was the top reliever for the 1976 Denver Bears, who won the American Association championship, picking up 15 saves that summer.

Atkinson was called up to Montreal in September 1976 and did not allow a run in four outings. He made the Expos out of spring training in 1977 and had a solid rookie season, with a 7-2 record and 7 saves in 55 games. His career took a bad turn on June 29, 1978, when he hurt his groin sliding at the plate to score the winning run of the Pearson Cup exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He only came back in September, after spending some more time in Denver, where he was hit hard, with a 7.41 ERA in 23 games. He failed to make the team in 1979, and returned to Denver, where he was a starting pitcher, pitching 11 complete games. He was recalled to Montreal in September, and pitched extremely well in a tight pennant race with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Expos sold Atkinson's contract to the Chicago White Sox after the 1979 season, but he never pitched in the majors again. He did save 11 games as a player-coach with Glens Falls of the AAA  Eastern in 1982, and combined with Mark Esser on an 11-inning no-hitter against Reading that year. He retired as a player after the 1983 season.

Bill Atkinson was extremely short for a pitcher, but compensated for his lack of a great fastball with a devastating curve, a forkball, and a change-up, but he was always only as good as his control. He also worked hard on his hitting (he was 3 for 10 in the majors) and his fielding: 6 put outs and 18 assists in 83 innings in 1977 is outstanding !

  • 1971
    • In October Bill Atkinson signed  a contract with Montreal Expos
  • 1972
    • Jamestown, N.Y. - pitched 25 innings in 19 games, struck out 27, walked 11 while winning 3 games, losing 3, and saving 5 with a 3.60 ERA
  • 1973
    • West Palm Beach, Florida - pitched 113 innings in 35 games, struck out 69, walked 33,, while winning 8 games, losing 7, and saving 6 with a 3.03 ERA
  • 1974
    • Quebec City (AA) - pitched 141 innings in 33 games, struck out 66, walked 65, while winning 7 games, losing 8, and saving 5 with a 3.70 ERA
  • 1975
    • Memphis, Tennessee (AAA) - pitched 106 innings in 49 games, struck out 72, walked 36, while winning 3 games, losing 4, and saving 7 with a 2.80 ERA
  • 1976
    • Denver, Colorado (AAA) - pitched 79 innings in 51 games, struck out 61, walked 47, while winning 6 games, losing 3, and saving 15 with a 3.99 ERA - September 18 made ma or league debut with Montreal Expos pitching against St. Louis Cardinals - Montreal - pitched 5 innings in 4 games, struck out 4 and walked 1
  • 1977
    • Montreal Expos - pitched 83 innings in 55 games, struck out 56, walked 29, while winning 7 games, losing 2, and saving 7 with a 3.36 ERA 1978 - started season in Montreal; was winning pitcher and scored winning run in first Pearson Cup game against Toronto; injured during game ; sent to Denver - pitched 34 innings in 23 games, struck out 18, walked 25, while winning I game, losing 3, and saving 6; Montreal - pitched 45 innings in 29 games, struck out 32, walked 28, while winning 2 games, losing 2, and saving 3
  • 1979
    • Started season in Denver where he pitched 187 innings in 36 games, struck out 83, walked 54, while winning 9 games, losing 6, and saving 2 with a 4.14 ERA; returned to Montreal and  pitched 14 innings in 10 games, struck out 7, walked 4, while winning 2 games, losing 0, and saving 1 with a 1.98 ERA 
  • 1980
    • In December 1980 Bill was sold to Chicago White Sox
  • 1983 
    • Played and coached in the minor professional leagues with a combined record of 23 wins, 27 loses, and 23 saves.
    • 1983 Coach Appleton Foxes
Inducted into Chatham Sports Hall of Fame 1999