A fleet footed outfielder Bill Tuttle was a well regarded defensive ballhawk and a solid hitter. He debuted with the Detroit Tigers, playing 7 games in 1952, and had very fine 1954 rookie season, hitting .266, 20 doubles, 11 triples and 7 homers. A contact hitter Bill Tuttle walked more times than he struck out, 480 W to 416 K. In 1955 Bill Tuttle, 26-years old, used his bat and speed to compile his best season, hitting .279 and played in all 154 regular schedule games, and posted career-highs in runs with 102, in doubles with 23, in home runs with 14 and in RBIs with 78.
A popular player among Tiger fans Bill Tuttle lined 1,105 career hits, had five seasons with 19 or more doubles and scored over 70 runs four times, played over 110 games 8 times, including 7 years of over 125 games. Signed by the Kansas City A’s in 1958 Bill Tuttle batted a career high .300 in 1959 when he stole a career high 10 bases. Bill Tuttle career stats: .259 BA, 1,105 hits, 149 D, 47 T, 67 Hrs, 578 Runs, 443 RBIs 38 SB, 480 Walks, 416 Ks. Bio by baseballhistorian.com Detroit Tigers Baseball History