Baseball player William Gilbert, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman, holding a baseball bat, standing in a batting stance prior to game against Chicago Cubs 1908 Photo - SUMMARY
Informal full-length portrait of baseball player Billy Gilbert of the National League's St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, holding a baseball bat, standing in a batting stance on the field at West Side Grounds, located between West Polk Street, South Wolcott Avenue (formerly Lincoln Street), West Taylor Street, and South Wood Street in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois. Baseball players are standing in the background. SDN-054319, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
An excellent athlete, Billy Gilbert played 8 years in the majors with four different teams. He started as a shortstop with Milwaukee of the American Association (a major league team in this era) and batted .270 in 127 games. Playing during the Dead Ball Era when the baseball was slightly larger in size and heavier in weight Billy Gilbert posted a .247 career-batting mark and a very solid .328 on-base-pct.and stole 167 career bases.