Ed Hill

Everett Oliver "Ed" Cotton" Hill, born August 23rd, 1914,1 2 in Paris, AR,3 was a professional baseball player from 1935-1950.


Hill died on September 30th, 2002 and was buried in Fort Smith National Cemetery.4 5


"Everett "Cotton" Hill , 88, of Fort Smith went to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 30, 2002. He was a retired security officer for General Electric and a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Fort Smith. Cotton signed a professional baseball contract while he was still attending Fort Smith High School. As a professional pitcher for 18 years in the Cincinnatti Reds organization. Cotton was clocked throwing the ball at 96 miles per hour. He pitched against many popular players of his time including the great Satchel Paige in a exhibition game. He was with the Cincinnati Reds organization when they won the World Series in 1940. Cotton was World War II Navy veteran and he participated in two invasions in the South Pacific. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Cotton was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Mattie Hill . Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith. He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Arnold and Linda Moody, both of Fort Smith; a son, Jimmie Hill of Fort Smith; six grandchildren, Kim, Stephanie and Jamie Hill , Rick Arnold, Kellie Maroone and Michelle Neece; and nine great-grandchildren. Viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 3619 N. Sixth St., Fort Smith, AR 72904."6


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.
2 Hill's WWII Draft Card gives his birth date as August 30th, 1914.
5 Hill's WWII Draft Card gives his birth date as August 30th, 1914.
6 Fort Smith Times Record, 10/2/2002