Bill Stoneman

Bill Stoneman
Bill Stoneman 1973.jpeg
Stoneman in 1973
Born: (1944-04-07) April 7, 1944 (age 77)
Oak Park, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 16, 1967, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
June 30, 1974, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 54–85
Earned run average 4.08
Strikeouts 934
Career highlights and awards

William Hambly Stoneman III (born April 7, 1944) is a former professional baseball player and executive, a right-handed pitcher who threw two no-hitters during his eight-year major league career.

In 1999, the Anaheim Angels hired Stoneman as general manager. He served in that role until 2007, and continued with the Angels as a consultant after stepping down. He was named the interim general manager of the Angels on July 1, 2015, following the resignation of Jerry Dipoto.


A 1962 graduate of West Covina High School in southern California, Stoneman spent a year at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, then transferred north to the University of Idaho in Moscow to play for Wayne Anderson,[1] and helped the Vandals win the inaugural Big Sky title in 1964 as a sophomore.[2] When Stoneman was a junior, the Vandals were 17–13 and he was 5–3 with a 1.80 ERA and averaged 1.5 strikeouts per inning.[3]

As a senior in 1966, Stoneman was 6–2 with a 0.45 ERA in the regular season, and the Vandals won the Big Sky again with a 31–7 (.816) record in the regular season. Invited to the NCAA playoffs for the first time, Idaho eliminated Colorado State College (now Northern Colorado) and Air Force on the road in Greeley, Colorado.[4] The Vandals were one step from the College World Series in Omaha, but lost to Arizona in Tucson in the District 7 finals, today's "Super-Regionals" (Sweet 16).[5][6] Idaho ended their best-ever season at 34–9 (.791).[7]

Stoneman received his bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho in 1966, and a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma.[8] While at Idaho, he was an active member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.[9][10]

Stoneman was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 31st round of the 1966 Major League Baseball draft, the 595th overall selection.

Playing career

After college and the baseball draft, Stoneman pitched in the Rookie League in Caldwell, Single A in Lodi, and Double-A in Dallas in 1966. He started out the 1967 season in Double-A and moved to Triple-A in Tacoma. Stoneman was called up to the major leagues in mid-season, where he appeared in 28 games as a reliever for the Chicago Cubs, with a 3.29 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 63 innings. In the expansion draft of October 1968, Stoneman was selected by the Montreal Expos, where he spent five seasons and became a starter for manager Gene Mauch.[11] He threw his two no-hitters with the Expos: the first against the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium on April 17, 1969. It was Stoneman's fifth major league start and only the ninth game of the franchise's existence; he had eight strikeouts and five walks.[8][11][12][13] The second came at the end of the 1972 season on October 2; beating the New York Mets in Montreal at Jarry Park, caught by Tim McCarver.[14][15][16]

The latter was the first major league no-hitter in Canada, and both were 7–0 scores. The second included nine strikeouts (and seven walks). Stoneman also threw a one-hitter at home in 1971 against the San Diego Padres, a well-attended 2–0 win on Helmet Night on Wednesday, June 16. In perhaps the best outing of his career, Stoneman struck out 14 and allowed just one base on balls. The only hit came with one out in the seventh inning, a clean single to right field off the bat of Cito Gaston, which was the Padres' only well-struck ball of the night.[17] He was named to the National League All-Star Team in 1972 and pitched two innings in relief with two strikeouts.[18][19][20]

Standing 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) and 170 lb (77 kg), Stoneman was a workhorse who over four consecutive seasons (1969–72) logged more than 200 innings pitched. He struck out 251 in 295 innings in 1971, with a 17–16 record and a 3.15 ERA for non-contending Montreal, 71–90 (.441). Stoneman was third in strikeouts in the National League in 1971, behind Tom Seaver (289) and Ferguson Jenkins (263), and his 39 starts tied for the league-high with Jenkins. He also had 20 complete games in 1971, tied for third with Bob Gibson.[21] His career was shortened by an arm injury in 1973: his earned run average ballooned from 2.98 in 1972 to 6.80 (1973), then 6.10 (1974), for a record of only 5–16 in that span.

Overall, Stoneman won 54 games and lost 85 (.388), with an ERA of 4.08 in 245 appearances. For his career he had 169 starts, 45 complete games, and 934 strikeouts in 1,236.1 innings.

As a batter, Stoneman holds the record with most consecutive games played with at least one strikeout. From April 30, 1971, to April 21, 1972, Stoneman played in 37 consecutive games with at least one strikeout in an at bat.[22] He was left in to bat in the 1972 All-Star Game against Gaylord Perry, where, he struck out in the bottom of the seventh inning.[19] In 338 regular season at bats, Stoneman struck out 212 times and compiled a career batting average of .086 with 25 singles, 4 extra-base hits (all doubles), and 23 walks. Despite that strikeout streak, his best season batting average was .129 in 1971. The strikeout streak record was tied by New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge in 2017.[23]

Front office career

After his playing career ended, Stoneman worked in banking in Canada, then joined the Montreal Expos front office in November 1983, starting out in player relations.[24] He became the team's vice president of business operations in September 1984,[25] and later served as the club's general manager. Stoneman became general manager of the Angels after the 1999 season. He hired Mike Scioscia as the club's manager and presided over its 2002 American League title and World Series championship and the team's ownership transition from the Walt Disney Company to Arturo Moreno. Stoneman stepped down as GM following the 2007 season.

On July 1, 2015, Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto resigned following a power struggle with manager Mike Scioscia. Stoneman was brought in as interim GM while the team looked for a full-time replacement.[26] Billy Eppler was hired as the full-time replacement on October 4, 2015.[27]

See also


  1. ^ "Idaho Vandals to compete in two baseball leagues". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). December 9, 1963. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Baseball: 1964 season". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1964. p. 277.
  3. ^ "Baseball: 1965 season". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1965. p. 277.
  4. ^ Tri-City Herald – Arizonans next on Idaho list in bid for nationals – 1966-06-02 – p.19
  5. ^ "Arizona downs Idaho 3–2, Vandals victims of one-hitter". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). June 4, 1966. p. 8.
  6. ^ "Arizona Wildcats defeat Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). June 5, 1966. p. 10.
  7. ^ "Baseball: 1966 season". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1966. p. 202.
  8. ^ a b "Ex-Vandal hurls no-hitter; Bill Stoneman stops Phils". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 18, 1969. p. 24.
  9. ^ "Beta Theta Pi". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1965. p. 333. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Beta Theta Pi". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1966. p. 295. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Stoneman hurls 1st no-hit game of 1969 season". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. April 18, 1969. p. 17.
  12. ^ Blackman, Ted (April 18, 1969). "Stoneman no-hits Philadelphia". Montreal Gazette. p. 1.
  13. ^ Associated Press (1969-04-18). "Stoneman of Expos Hurls No-Hitter to Beat Phils, 7-0". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  14. ^ MacDonald, Ian (October 3, 1972). "Stoneman repeats his no-hit gem". Montreal Gazette. p. 27.
  15. ^ "Expos' Bill Stoneman no-hits New York Mets". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. October 3, 1972. p. 16.
  16. ^ "Pattern close as Stoneman hurls no-no". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. October 3, 1972. p. 19.
  17. ^ MacDonald, Ian (June 17, 1971). "A one-hitter for Stoneman". Montreal Gazette. p. 15.
  18. ^ Snyder, Brodie (July 25, 1972). "Stoneman will play – Murtaugh". Montreal Gazette. p. 11.
  19. ^ a b Snyder, Brodie (July 26, 1972). "NL wins – Stony off hook". Montreal Gazette. p. 29.
  20. ^ Feeney, Charley (July 26, 1972). "Morgan continues tough, beats AL, 4-3". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 22.
  21. ^ "1971 National League Pitching Leaders". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  22. ^ Maldre, Matt (May 15, 2011). "Top ten longest strikeout streaks". Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  23. ^ "Judge whiffs again, extends streak to 37 games". Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  24. ^ MacDonald, Ian (November 15, 1983). "Expos hire Bill Stoneman to handle player relations". Montreal Gazette. p. F-1.
  25. ^ "Expos name Bill Stoneman vice president". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. wire services. September 10, 1984. p. 17.
  26. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike. "Bill Stoneman is in it for short haul with Angels". Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Angels hire Yanks assistant GM Billy Eppler as general manager". Associated Press. October 4, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015.

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Ray Washburn
Milt Pappas
No-hitter pitcher
April 17, 1969
October 2, 1972
Succeeded by
Jim Maloney
Steve Busby
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Murray Cook
Montreal Expos General Manager
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Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels General Manager
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