William Harry Laxton is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Laxton pitched in all or part of five seasons in the majors between 1970 and 1977.
== Early career ==
Laxton grew up in Audubon, New Jersey and attended Audubon High School, graduating in 1966.〔Narducci, Marc. ("Son Delivers A Big-league Gift To Father Bill Laxton Of Audubon Learned His Son Was Promoted To The Oakland Athletics." ), ''The Philadelphia Inquirer'', June 21, 1999. Accessed October 10, 2015. "Laxton, a 1992 graduate of Audubon High School, was a starting pitcher in the minor leagues, but will work in long relief for the A's. 'It's the nicest Father's Day gift I've ever gotten,' his father said yesterday from his Audubon home... If anybody knows that feeling, it's Bill Laxton. A 1966 graduate of Audubon, he spent parts of five major-league seasons as a pitcher for the Phillies, the San Diego Padres, and the Detroit Tigers."〕
He was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th round of the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in December 1967 along with Harold Clem, Woodie Fryman, and Don Money in exchange for future-Hall of Famer Jim Bunning. He made his major league debut for the Phillies on September 15, 1970, when he pitched an inning in relief against the Pittsburgh Pirates, ending the season with a total of two relief appearances. He was selected by the San Diego Padres in the rule 5 draft the next offseason, then pitched in parts of two seasons for them before being released, finishing with an 0–2 record in 18 relief appearances in the 1971 season and an 0–1 record in 1974 in 30 appearances, all but one in relief. He signed with the New York Mets, who subsequently traded him to the Detroit Tigers along with Rusty Staub in exchange for Mickey Lolich and Billy Baldwin. He pitched in 26 games for the Tigers in the 1976 season, three of them as a starter, ending the season with an 0–5 record.〔(Bill Laxton ), BaseballReference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014.〕
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