Bill Atkinson (1954 – )

Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher
Year of Induction: 1999

About

This 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. 

Career Highlights

  • October 1971 – signed 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 major 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 – was injured during game – sent to Denver – pitched 34 innings in 23 games, struck out 18, walked 25, while winning 1 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 – 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 – 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
    December 1980 – sold to Chicago White Sox
  • 1980 – 1983 – played and coached in the minor professional leagues with a combined record of 23 wins, 27 loses, and 23 saves

Bill was born in 1964 and still resides in Chatham where he continued to play senior baseball until 1999.

Career Major League Statistics
98 games, 11 wins, 4 losses, 11 saves, 3.43 ERA, 147 1/3 innings pitched, 99 strikeouts, 62 walks

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