Bill Lindsay (Negro leagues)

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William "Bill" Lindsay
Born: (1891-06-12)June 12, 1891
Lexington, Missouri
Died: September 1, 1914(1914-09-01) (aged 23)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Unknown Threw: Right
1909, for the Kansas City, Kansas Giants
Last appearance
1914, for the Chicago American Giants

William "Bill" Lindsay (June 12, 1891 – September 1, 1914) was a Negro Leagues pitcher for several years before the founding of the first Negro National League.

Nicknamed "The Kansas Cyclone" and "Lightning," Bill Lindsay started his career with the Kansas City, Kansas Giants at the age of 18. On his death certificate, it claims he played ball starting at the age of 14, in 1905.[3] He played for Kansas City, Kansas for two years, then moved to the Leland Giants in 1910 where he would remain until a court battle split the Leland Giants in 1910.[4]

Lindsay moved to the Chicago American Giants until 1914. During the California Winter Leagues, one writer claimed LIndsay and catcher Bill Pettus were one of the best batteries "ever seen in this strip of sunshine."[2]

He died in Chicago in 1914 at the age of 23 after he spent 9 days in the hospital with what appears to be problems with his urinary tract. The coroner's notes appear to say Uremia which contributed to a Uremic Coma and Sepsis.

His body was returned to his birthplace, Lexington, Missouri. His parents, listed on his death certificate, were Peter Lindsay and Mona Mady Lindsay. Another relative, Walter Lindsay, is listed as an informant on his death certificate. Bill Lindsay is also listed as single.[3]

Researchers with the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project have been looking for Lindsay's grave in Lexington, Missouri, but it has not yet been found.


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