Bill Donovan (Boston Braves pitcher)

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Bill Donovan
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Born: (1916-07-16)July 16, 1916
Maywood, Illinois
Died: September 25, 1997(1997-09-25) (aged 81)
Maywood, Illinois
Batted: Switch Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 19, 1942, for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
June 20, 1943, for the Boston Braves
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 4-6
Strikeouts 24
Earned run average 3.24

Willard Earl Donovan (July 6, 1916 – September 25, 1997) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played in 1942 and 1943 for the Boston Braves. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 198 lb., Donovan was a switch-hitter and threw left-handed. He was born in Maywood, Illinois.

Over two seasons, Donovan posted a 4–6 record with 23 strikeouts and a 3.20 ERA in 38 appearances, including 10 starts, two complete games, and 104 innings pitched.

From 1943 to 1945, Donovan served in the military during World War II.

Donovan died in his homeland of Maywood, Illinois, at the age of 81.[1]


  1. ^ The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 1169. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3. 

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