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William "Bill" Blair, Jr
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Birth: Oct. 17, 1921
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Death: Apr. 20, 2014
Campbell
Hunt County
Texas, USA

Blair graduated Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas and briefly attended Prairie View A&M University. He began his baseball career at the age of 16, playing for a barnstorming team in Mineola, Texas, and went on to join the United States Army, where he became the youngest African American to serve as a first sergeant in the Army during World War II.

He pitched from 1946 to 1951, for teams including the Indianapolis Clowns, Cincinnati Crescents, and was a player-manager for the Dallas Black Giants. He played against players such as Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, and Hilton Smith. After retiring from baseball, he became a fixture in the community, running a local newspaper, the Elite News, and organizing golf tournaments and parades. He died in Campbell, Texas in 2014. 
 
Burial:
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: historylover4ever
Record added: Apr 25, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 128536070
William Bill Blair, Jr
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