William Robert Hamilton (February 16, 1866 - December 16, 1940) played for the Philadelphia Phillies amidst one of the most successful offensive outfields of all times. In 1894, the Phillies outfield comprised of Hamilton, Sam Thompson, Ed Delahanty and Tuck Turner all hit between .403 and .418 for the season. Known as Sliding Billy for his success on the base pads and leading the league five times in stolen bases. Billy Hamilton played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1890-1895) and Boston Beaneaters (1896-1901) hitting over the .300-mark in twelve consecutive seasons. Hamilton retired with 2,157 hits, 1,691 runs scored, a .344 career batting average and 937 stolen bases. His single season total of 115 stolen bases in 1891 stood for over 80 years when Lou Brock topped it in 1974. The Veterans Committee elected William Robert Hamilton to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1961.