Billy McCool

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Billy McCool
Born: (1944-07-14)July 14, 1944
Batesville, Indiana
Died: June 8, 2014(2014-06-08) (aged 69)
Summerfield, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 24, 1964, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 8, 1970, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 32–42
Earned run average 3.59
Strikeouts 471
Saves 58
Career highlights and awards

William John "Billy" McCool (July 14, 1944 – June 8, 2014)[1] was a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played most of his seven-year career with the Cincinnati Reds and spent a year each with the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals.

Born in Batesville, Indiana, McCool went to nearby Lawrenceburg High School in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where the McCools lived.[2][3] He graduated from LHS in 1962 and was signed by the Reds as an amateur free agent in 1963.

He started his pro career in 1963, playing Class-D ball for the Reds organization in Tampa, Florida and later that year made the jump to the then-Triple-A San Diego Padres.[2]

He made his major league debut at the young age of 19 on April 24, 1964.[3] The first batter he faced was Jesús Alou (who singled) as McCool pitched two innings in relief of Al Worthington in a 15-5 Reds loss to the San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati's Crosley Field.[4] That year he was named The Sporting News National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year.[2][5]

In 1965 and 1966 he was second in the National League in saves and in 1966 he was named a National League All-Star. He appeared in a career-high 62 games in 1965.

He was among the players drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1968 MLB expansion draft. He appeared in 54 games for the Padres in their inaugural season of 1969. Just prior to the 1970 season he was traded to the Cardinals, with whom he pitched 18 games. In the offseason after the 1970 season (which would be his last in the majors, at age 25), he was traded to the Boston Red Sox and later to the Kansas City Royals, but he did not appear for either team in the majors.[3]

After retiring from baseball in 1970 McCool moved to Centerville, Ohio where he raised his family. He worked for three years (1972–74) as a sports anchor for WKEF-TV in Dayton. McCool's book, The Billy McCool Pitching Digest: A Guide to Effective Baseball Pitching, was published in 1977. He lived in Summerfield, Florida after retiring in 2004.[1] In 2013, he was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame as a 1962 graduate of Lawrenceburg High School.[6]

McCool died in his Summerfield, Florida home on June 8, 2014.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "William John McCool Obituary". Dayton Daily News. June 13, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Dearborn County, Indiana in Vintage Postcards - Milton A. Masing - Google Books. July 14, 1944. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Billy McCool Statistics and History". Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "April 24, 1964 San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds Play by Play and Box Score". April 24, 1964. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award by The Sporting News on Baseball Almanac". Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Billy Mccool Makes It To The Hall". February 8, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ Billy McCool at Society for American Baseball Research

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