William Miller “Big Bill” Gatewood

William Miller “Big Bill” Gatewood

Birth
Mississippi, USA
Death Dec 1962 (aged 81)
Columbus, Johnson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
Plot Calvary 5, Row 3, Space 9
Memorial ID 54329524 · View Source
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Baseball pitcher and manager. Big Bill was a star pitcher and baseball manager in the 1930s Negro Leagues. He was a 6-foot 7-inch, 240-lb, right-handed ball player who won 117 games for a dozen teams between 1906 and 1928. He managed the St. Louis Stars and the Birmingham Black Barons and founded the first Negro National League, which he managed for the first few seasons. He pitched no-hitters in the Negro National League in June 1921 against the Cinncinnati Cuban Stars and again in 1926. He coached both James "Cool Papa" Bell (and gave him his nickname) and Satchell Paige. He is attributed with teaching Mr. Paige his "hesitation pitch." A grave marker was donated and installed by the Negro Leagues' Grave Marker Project to honor him in April 2009.


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NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL
PITCHER AND MANAGER
"BIG BILL"
WILLIAM M. GATEWOOD
1881 1962


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  • Created by: Cori H
  • Added: 30 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54329524
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Miller “Big Bill” Gatewood (22 Aug 1881–Dec 1962), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54329524, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Cori H (contributor 46481123) .