Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, December 17, 2012

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS BILLY MCCOOL?

Maybe he’s hiding at the end of the article…but I’m not a subscriber!

The Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame will induct Lawrenceburg native and former Cincinnati Reds standout relief pitcher Billy McCool Friday, Jan. 25.

Now all they have to do is find the 68-year old lefthander, whose last-known address was in Summerfield, Florida.

Attempts to contact McCool by former Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association president Jim Hughes – Brookville graduate and former Franklin County coach who played against McCool in high school – have proven fruitless so far.

Researching an article on the 1963 Aurora-Lawrenceburg baseball rivalry, which appeared in a July edition of The Dearborn County Register, this newspaper also met a dead end while trying to contact McCool.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2012 at 03:16 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 17, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4326955)
Where ever he is I bet he's got a black leather jacket and a pack of cigarettes wrapped up high on the sleeve of a white t-shirt.
   2. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: December 17, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4326970)
An internet directory site shows him at the Summerfield, FL address that the article is probably referring to. Carol McCool is listed at the same address, and she's active on Facebook. That's how I would try to get in touch with him.
   3. robinred Posted: December 17, 2012 at 03:45 PM (#4326976)
As #1 suggests, "Billy McCool" is one of my all-time favorite baseball names. If you had a young reliever character in a movie or book and named him "Billy McCool" you'd get eyerolls.
   4. esseff Posted: December 17, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4327019)
The '64 Reds pitching staff with 19-year-old Billy McCool was a great, underappreciated bunch.

Just 10 pitchers threw all but 15 of the Reds' innings. Flame-throwing younguns like McCool, 24-year-old Jim Maloney and 23-year-old Sammy Ellis. A deep rotation of lefty Jim O'Toole, Joey Jay, Maloney, knuckleballer Bob Purkey and Joe Nuxhall made it possible for McCool and Ellis to work mostly out of the pen along with old war horses like Bill Henry* and Ryne Duren. Managed by Hutchinson, who knew pitching and how to run a staff. Unfortunately, they lost him during the season, though the record shows they played well after he went on leave.

* - Left in unscrupulous hands, Bill Henry's 1964 APBA card could wreck a league, because he hit .500 in his 6 at-bats.
   5. Anonymous Observer Posted: December 17, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4327020)
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS BILLY MCCOOL?


Hanging out with Carmen Sandiego would be my guess.
   6. Poster Nutbag Posted: December 17, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4327033)
Shooty - I believe that would be Rapid Roy....
   7. Perry Posted: December 17, 2012 at 04:47 PM (#4327066)
Still have his rookie card (which he shares with Chico Ruiz).
   8. Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: December 17, 2012 at 09:36 PM (#4327309)
Hanging out with Carmen Sandiego would be my guess.
...in which case Rockapella might be the people to ask.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: December 18, 2012 at 01:06 AM (#4327428)
I have this baseball card, though it might shatter a little of the mystery....

http://www.wensy.com/detail.asp?id=2613797

and this one, same vapid look

http://smedcards.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/billy-mccool-1970-topps/

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Sheer Tim Foli
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-22-2014
(2 - 7:31am, Jul 22)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogSports Reference Blog: 1901-02 Orioles Removed from Yankees History
(2 - 7:05am, Jul 22)
Last: Coot Veal and Cot Deal's cols=“100” rows=“20”

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread- July 2014
(804 - 6:58am, Jul 22)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman

NewsblogMisremembering Mantle's Final Season
(30 - 6:52am, Jul 22)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman

NewsblogTony Oliva turns 76; Gardenhire: 'He should be in hall of fame'
(1 - 3:16am, Jul 22)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogJim Bouton Still As Opinionated As Ever
(136 - 2:05am, Jul 22)
Last: greenback calls it soccer

NewsblogOTP - July 2014: Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game
(2701 - 1:59am, Jul 22)
Last: bunyon

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 7-21
(34 - 1:44am, Jul 22)
Last: Dale Sams

NewsblogPadres’ Offense May Go Down as Worst Ever
(79 - 1:36am, Jul 22)
Last: Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB)

NewsblogMLB.COM - Toman: Lewis takes exception with Rasmus' bunt
(117 - 1:17am, Jul 22)
Last: Baldrick

SABR - BBTF ChapterWho's going to SABR??
(35 - 12:27am, Jul 22)
Last: Neal Traven

NewsblogTrading for Price would be right move for Cubs | FOX Sports
(53 - 12:26am, Jul 22)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogGeorge "The Animal" Steele Mangles A Baseball
(109 - 11:11pm, Jul 21)
Last: NJ in DC (Now unemployed!)

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1956 Ballot
(5 - 9:57pm, Jul 21)
Last: Moeball

NewsblogBraves release Dan Uggla
(35 - 9:51pm, Jul 21)
Last: Roger McDowell spit on me!

Page rendered in 0.0933 seconds
52 querie(s) executed