Thursday, April 9, 2009

1976 Topps #33 - Bill North

Bill North was the CF for two World Championships with the A's in 1973 and 1974. He started his career with the Cubs in 1971 and was traded to the A's before the '73 season for Bob Locker. He became a stolen base machine, leading the AL in 1974 and 1976. He also led the AL three times and the NL once in caught stealing.
He was a pretty good on-base leadoff-type hitter until 1977, when he and the A's had a bad year. Bill was traded to the Dodgers in May 1978 for Glenn Burke. He played for the 1978 NL Champs and then went to the Giants as a free agent. He bounced back in 1979 with 58 stolen bases and 96 walks. He had a pretty good year in 1980, but he hit only.221 in 1981 and was released in August. Bill tried to latch on with the Padres in 1982 but he didn't make the team and his career was over at the age of 33.
Bill was involved in several clubhouse fights during his career, and was arrested for coke possession in 1977. Information can be found at this biography site.
Bill North is now a financial planner in Kirkland, Washington.

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