Bill Byrd

Bill Byrd
Birthdate 7/15/1907
Death Date 1/4/1991
Debut Year 1932
Year of Induction
Teams Negro Leagues
Position Pitcher

Pitcher Bill Byrd was among 39 on the 2006 Special Committee on Negro Leagues final ballot; voters ushered in 17 of them into Cooperstown.

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Bill Byrd pitched in six East-West All Star games and was one of the best pitchers in Negro League history

Bill Byrd pitched in six East-West All Star games and was one of the best pitchers in Negro League history

Bill Byrd started his professional playing career in 1932 with the Columbus Turfs. For the next two decades Byrd pitched for teams all over the US and Latin America. A gifted pitcher, Byrd threw a variety of pitches including the spitball. Graced with outstanding control, Byrd also threw two types o

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