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Bill Ball

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William Ball, born May 24th, 1905 in Little Rock, AR,1 2 was a Negro league baseball player from about 1933-1950.

Biography

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Ball was the son of James Ball and Alice (nee Cross) Ball and was raised in Luxora, AR.3 Despite having no lower right arm, Ball was a successful outfielder for various black baseball teams for many years. In 1933, he acted as playing manager of the nearby Claybrook Tigers.4 He remained with Claybrook for at least parts of the 1934, 1935 and 1936 seasons.5 6 7 Later in 1936, Ball became manager of Harry Bailey's Booker T's team, playing home games on the HWY 61 at the Arkansas-Missouri border.8 Ball may have reprised his role as manager of the Booker T's in 1937.9

In 1938, Ball trained with the Buffalo Aces in Marianna, AR10 and later that season joined the East St. Louis Colts.11 . In 1940, Ball became manager of the St. Louis Monsanto Village Giants.12 Afterward, he shifted to Detroit and played with the 1941 Detroit's A.C. Turpin team13 , 1944 Detroit Stars,14 , the 1945 Detroit Athletics,15 , and 1948 Detroit Wolves.16 Between 1949-1950, Ball played with the Komedy Kings of New York.17 18

Ball died in Wayne County, MI in September, 1966.19


Excerpts

"Miss Ezell Handy became the bride of William Ball, manager of the State Line Booker T. ball team."20

"Bill Ball, one armed St. Louisian, who plays with the Kings, made three find catches in the outfield."21