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Thursday, June 17, 2010
William “Willie” Pope, a valued pitcher for the Homestead Grays and one of Pittsburgh’s last links to part of its storied baseball past, died Thursday in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in O’Hara. He was 91.
The 6-foot-4 Mr. Pope began his career as a pitcher with the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1946 but was mostly known for playing with the Grays during the 1947 and 1948 seasons. During the 1947 season the right-hander notched a 6-7 record, but pitched a no-hitter against the New York Cubans.
In the 1948 season he was major contributor to the Grays team that won the last Negro National League Pennant and won the Negro Leagues World Series against the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League.
for his generous support.
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