Billy McCool

first_imgLawrenceburg’s Billy McCool passed away last month form heart failure at the age of 69 at his home in Florida.  Billy developed heart disease in his early 40’s and fought it the rest of his life.  Billy McCool pitched 3 no-hitters while still at Lawrenceburg High School in the early 60’s.  He was drafted right out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds and pitched for them until the expansion draft in 1969 when he was claimed by the newly formed San Diego Padres.  His last game was with them during the 1970 season when arm problems forced him to retire.McCool, a left-handed pitcher, was an early version of Aroldis Chapman.  In those days, no one heard of the radar gun, and it certainly didn’t appear on major league scoreboards.  However, if you ever saw Billy pitch you knew it was a 90+ mph fast ball that was hurled toward the plate.  Before his death, he was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame.Billy, his wife, and 3 children spent most of his non-baseball career living in Centerville, Ohio.  One of his boys didn’t think dad had anything left in his arm when he was tossing to him in the back yard.  Even though his major league career was over at this time, he threw one pitch to his son and almost took his glove off.  After that, the son knew that what others told him about his dad’s bullet arm was true.last_img

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