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Position: OF      Born: Oct 4, 1960      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

Billy Hatcher was a stocky but quick outfielder who was a key part of the 1986 Western Division champion Astros when he batted .258 with 38 steals at the top of the Houston lineup while patroling center field.

Hatcher was always at his best in October. He had a .404 career average in 14 postseason games. Although in a losing effort, he homered in the 14th inning to tie the epic Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS against the Mets to add more drama to a do-or-die classic.

In 1987, his broken bat revealed an illegal corked center. Even though he claimed the bat belonged to closer Dave Smith, Hatcher was suspended for ten days.

Billy wound move on to Cincinnati where he played on the World Champions in 1990. He closed out his big league career with stints playing for the Red Sox, Phillies and Rangers. Hatcher joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as a coach after he retired.