William Joseph Klaus
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Billy Klaus, who spent 11 seasons in the major leagues, died on Dec. 3, 2006 in Sarasota, Fla.
Klaus hit .249 in his career with 40 home runs and 250 RBI. His most productive seasons came in the mid-1950s with the Boston Red Sox. In 1955, he hit .283 with seven home runs and 60 RBI. He followed that up in 1956 with a .271 average, seven home runs and 59 RBI.
He made his debut in 1952, playing briefly for the Boston Braves. His career included stops with the Braves (1952-1953), Boston (1955-1958), Baltimore (1959-1960), Washington (1961) and Philadelphia (1962-1963).
He was traded in February 1954 by the Braves, along with Johnny Antonelli, Don Liddle and Ebba St. Claire, to the New York Giants for Bobby Thomson and Sam Calderone. Giants fans displeasure over the loss of Thomson was smoothed over with the success of Antonelli.