Posted: Aug 22, 2012 4:32 AM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports
Updated: Aug 22, 2012 4:32 AM
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Billy Hamilton is fast. So fast that on Tuesday night he became one of baseball's most prestigious record-holders.
The former Billings Mustang stole four bases to break pro baseball's single season record in a home game against the Montgomery Biscuits.
Racing to his 146th stolen base, Hamilton passed former St. Louis Cardinal speed demon Vince Coleman who held the mark with 145.
Hamilton walked in the first inning, advanced to second on an error, then stole third. In the third inning, Hamilton singled to right, stole second to tie Coleman's record, and then stole third to set a new single-season record for any level of pro baseball. He later stole a fourth base raising his season total to 147.
The 21-year-old from Taylorsville, Miss., who passed up a football scholarship at Mississippi State to sign with the Cincinnati Reds organization, has provided another jolt of excitement to the Blue Wahoos team during its first year in Pensacola.
He spent the first 82 games of this season with the Class A Bakersfield Blaze, stealing 104 bases before being called up to Pensacola, where he has stolen 42 more bases in 38 games with the Wahoos.
Don't look for him to remain stuck on 147. Hamilton's Double-A Blue Wahoos still have 13 regular season games left.