James Billington played 3 years of varsity soccer for Lower Merion as their starting goalkeeper. During those years the Aces won their league championship all 3 seasons. Their record during that span was 38-6-5, with a 3-year goals against average of .87 per game.
In his junior year, with James in the goal for every minute of every game, his Aces’ team allowed only 5 goals, which was a record that stood for 70 years until last year’s 2014 Aces team broke it. Also in his junior year James was chosen as a co-captain of the All-Philadelphia team which defeated the All-New York team. He was elected captain of his LM team in his senior year, where his squad went undefeated in league play. There were no All-League teams or playoffs back in that era.
Immediately upon graduation James was invited to play with the German-Hungarian team in a league in Philadelphia, which he did until entering Princeton University the following fall. He then played 3 years of varsity soccer at Princeton, where, in his senior year with James in goal, shutout every team they played except a 1-0 loss to Harvard in double overtime and another 1-0 loss to Yale. After winning a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford he also played some soccer there.
James currently holds the position of Librarian of Congress.