Bill Sweeney

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Bill Sweeney
William Joseph Sweeney
Bat/Throw: R/R
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180
Born: 1904-12-29 at Cleveland, OH (US)
Died: 1957-4-18 at San Diego, CA (US)
Interred: Resurrection Cemetery in San Gabriel, CA (US)
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Bill Sweeney was a professional player and manager.





  • Resided in Arcadia, California in 1952.
  • Resided in Arcadia, California in 1953.
  • Was one of 15 children, 12 of them boys.
  • Self-identified as being of Irish ancestry.
  • Listed hobbies as baseball, fishing, golf and also now in 1953 his new home.
  • Coached under Steve O'Neil of the Detroit Tigers in 1947 and 1948.
  • Was never on a pennant winner until he piloted Portland to a Pacific Coast League flag in 1936.

Pre-professional career

  • Attended high school in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Played with the Cleveland world amateur baseball champs who won the title before 85,000 fans on the final day of the tourney.


  • Has won more Pacific Coast League pennants than any other manager; won pennants with 1936 Portland and 1943 and 1944 with Los Angeles.
  • Holds the all-time Pacific Coast League record for the highest fielding average for a first baseman with .997 for 1938 Portland and also in 1939.
  • Had seven hits in eight trips to the plate in his first pro game.
  • Holds the all-time Pacific Coast League record for the highest fielding percentage for a first baseman with Portland in 1938 with .997 and with Portland with .997 in 1939.

= Relatives


  • 1952 Pacific Coast League Thumbnail Sketches.
  • 1953 Pacific Coast League Sketch Book.
  • Philadelphia Phillies Organizational Sketch Book. 1974.

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