|WHERE IN THE WORLD IS BILLY MCCOOL?|
|Written by Staff Report|
|Monday, December 17, 2012 6:26 PM|
LAWRENCEBURG – 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.
A standout in baseball and football at Lawrenceburg (1960-63), McCool compiled a 32-42 record in an injury-shortened seven-year major league baseball career.
Making his major league debut with the Reds at age 19 on April 24, 1964, the 6'2” lefty was an immediate success coming out of the Cincinnati bullpen.
He won six games and lost five in 40 appearances, with an earned run average of 2.42, 87 strikeouts and 29 walks, with seven saves. Afterward, McCool was named National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News.McCool finished second in saves in the National League in both 1965 (21) and 1966 (18) and was named to the NL All-Star team in '66.
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