An all star as a rookie in 1953, Hunter spent six years in the majors, playing for four different franchises. He came up with the St. Louis Browns as a good glove/bad bat shortstop and his play that first year earned him a trip to the All-Star Game despite hitting just .219 on the season. He was the Browns last starting shortstop and the first starting shortstop for the team when they moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles in 1954. Hunter went to the New York Yankees the following year and was a reserve for the next three seasons before concluding his major league run with stops in Kansas City and Cleveland. Statistically, his first season remained his best despite his low average. His 37 RBI and 50 runs scored were both career highs. Following his playing career, Hunter served as third-base coach for the Orioles from 1963-1977. He became the manager of the Texas Rangers in 1977 and held the job though 1978. After being let go by Texas, Hunter took over as the head baseball coach and athletic director at Towson State University in Maryland. He stayed in that position until retiring in 1995.
Hunter was the manager of the Texas Rangers when I was a kid living in Dallas. Every time I think of him I wonder if it is his fault that I am a Boston Red Sox fan? Perhaps, had the Rangers been better, then I would have spent the past 40 years frustratedly rooting for them? After all, they were my home town team! I suppose it is a question best left unanswered.
Billy Hunter career stats