Billy Holland (baseball)
|William "Billy" Holland|
|Pitcher / Infielder|
|Born: February 1874
|1894 for the Chicago Unions|
|Last professional appearance|
|1908 for the Philadelphia Giants|
Holland debuted at the age of 20 with the Chicago Unions in 1894, and moved to the Page Fence Giants in 1895. He went back to the Unions in 1897, and by 1899 most of the former Page Fence Giants had moved to Chicago, Illinois to form the Columbia Giants. Holland joined the Columbia Giants in their second season.
Holland pitched for the Algona Brownies, and in September 1903 was involved in an incident in St. Paul, Minnesota where one of his pitches went wild and hit Winnipeg player William W. Kelley on the head. Holland was arrested by local police, after leaving the game and traveling to the city on a street car. An hour later, police decided it was an accident and let him go without charging him. The two teams were set to tour together throughout Minnesota, playing each other at county fairs.
- "Frank Lelands' Chicago Giants Base Ball Club" Fraternal Printing Company, 1910
- "Pounded at 'Haha" Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, MN, April 22, 1895, Page 6, Column 3
- "The Algona Brownies, Most Famous Afro American Team" St. Paul Appeal, St. Paul, Minnesota, September 19, 1903, Page 3, Columns 2 and 3
- "The Renville Athletic Association has signed ten fast ball players" The Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Monday Evening, April 4, 1904, Page 8, Column 4
- "Would Meet All Comers." Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, IN, Saturday, June 5, 1909, Page 7, Column 3
- "Skull Fractured by Pitched Ball" St. Paul Globe, St. Paul, Minnesota, September 21, 1903, Page 1, Column 5 and Page 2, Column 3