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Emil Bildilli
Birth: Sep. 16, 1912
Parke County
Indiana, USA
Death: Sep. 16, 1946
Hartford City
Blackford County
Indiana, USA

Major League Baseball Player. Known as 'Hill Billy', he was a left handed pitcher who played the majority of his career with the St. Louis Browns, appearing with them over the course of 5 seasons. He never quite lived up to his reputation as a pitcher with star potential though he did have some significant moments in the Majors. He started his pro career when he signed with the Monessen, Pennsylvania team of the Mid Atlantic League in 1936. He moved on to Terre Haute and Johnstown before his contract was sold to St. Louis in 1937. His Major League debut on August 24, 1937 was a disaster, as he was blasted by the Washington Senators, lasting only 4 innings in the Browns 9-6 loss as he gave up a homer to Buddy Lewis in the 3rd Inning. He appeared in 4 games total for the parent club, giving up 12 runs total. Browns management then sent him back to the minors. In 1938 he appeared in 5 games for St. Louis, going 1-2. 1938 saw him making minor league stops in Johnstown again, San Antonio and Springfield, Illinois. He pitched again for San Antonio in 1939 before being called back up to the Browns where he went 1-1 in 2 games. He stayed with the parent club as the 1940 season opened and it was at this time that he did the best work of his Major League career. He appeared in 28 games, starting 11 and relieving in another 17 as he totaled 97 Innings. His best performance that year came against the Yankees when he threw a two-hitter at Yankee Stadium on April 30th. He went 2-4 with a 4.60 ERA for 1940. Sent to Toledo in 1941, he decided to quit baseball after that season to take a job with the Muncie Indiana Fire Department. He continued to pitch semipro ball, however. On September 15, 1946, while returning home from a game at Fort Wayne, he apparently fell asleep at the wheel, his car leaving the road, sideswiping a tree just north of Hartford City, Indiana. He suffered multiple injuries, including a skull fracture. He died the next day, his 34th birthday, leaving a wife and daughter. Over the course of his career, he accrued a lifetime won-loss record of 4-8 in 41 Major League games. His lifetime ERA was 5.84 in 148 Innings pitched. He also saved 1 game. (bio by: Frank Russo) 
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  Erma Fresca Bailey (1915 - 2009)
  Emma Bildilli (1915 - ____)*
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Elm Ridge Memorial Park
Delaware County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Jan 27, 2004
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