Billy McCool Stats

Billy McCool was born on Friday, July 14, 1944, in Batesville, Indiana. McCool was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 24, 1964, with the Cincinnati Reds. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Billy McCool baseball stats page.

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"The reason for this void (modern closers) was simple: teams still inevitably earmarked their best arms for the starting rotation. Yes, a few fireballers like Dick (The Monster) Radatz and Billy McCool found their way into the fireman ranks during the mid 1960s, but keep in mind that Radatz was 22 before he even signed a professional contract, McCool was wilder than a Detroit teenager on Hell Night, and both were finished before their 30th birthdays." - Author Joseph G. Preston in Major League Baseball in the 1970s: A Modern Game Emerges (Mcfarland & Company, 01/2004, 'The Evolution of the Bullpen', Page 161)

Billy McCool

Billy McCool Autograph on a 1969 Topps Baseball Card (#129 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1969top01' title='1969 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Billy McCool Autograph on a 1969 Topps Baseball Card (#129 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
William John McCool
Nickname:
Bill, Billy or Cool Billy
Born On:
07-14-1944  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Batesville, Indiana
Year of Death Data Died On:
06-08-2014 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Summerfield, Florida
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
Lawrenceburg High School (Lawrenceburg, IN)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
203
First Game:
04-24-1964 (Age 19)
Last Game:
07-08-1970
Draft:
Not Applicable

Billy McCool

Billy McCool Pitching Stats

1964 20 Reds 40 3 21 6 5 .545 2.42 0 0 7 89.1 358 66 24 27 3 29 5 87 2 1 0 -
1965 21 Reds 62 2 43 9 10 .474 4.27 0 0 21 105.1 449 93 50 53 9 47 7 120 8 4 0 -
1966 22 Reds 57 0 45 8 8 .500 2.48 0 0 18 105.1 424 76 29 32 5 41 7 104 4 3 0 -
1967 23 Reds 31 11 7 3 7 .300 3.42 0 0 2 97.1 442 92 37 45 8 56 7 83 7 5 1 -
1968 24 Reds 30 4 9 3 4 .429 4.97 0 0 2 50.2 248 59 28 35 4 41 4 30 8 0 0 -
1969 25 Padres 54 0 35 3 5 .375 4.30 0 0 7 58.2 276 59 28 32 2 42 8 35 5 6 0 -
1970 26 Cardinals 18 0 3 0 3 .000 6.23 0 0 1 21.2 99 20 15 15 0 16 0 12 3 0 0 -
7 Years 292 20 163 32 42 .432 3.59 0 0 58 528.1 2,296 465 211 239 31 272 38 471 37 19 1 -

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Billy McCool Hitting Stats

1964 20 Reds 40 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
1965 21 Reds 62 27 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 15 0 0 0 0 .037 .071 .037
1966 22 Reds 57 18 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 0 .167 .211 .167
1967 23 Reds 31 26 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 16 1 0 0 0 .077 .143 .077
1968 24 Reds 30 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125
1969 25 Padres 54 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1970 26 Cardinals 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
7 Years 292 101 2 7 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 53 4 0 0 2 .069 .105 .069

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Billy McCool Fielding Stats

1964 Reds P 40 3 268 9 0.2 9 1 8 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.91
1965 Reds P 62 2 316 17 0.3 17 2 15 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.45
1966 Reds P 57 0 316 28 0.5 28 3 25 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.39
1967 Reds P 31 11 292 17 0.5 15 1 14 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .882 1.39
1968 Reds P 30 4 152 11 0.4 9 3 6 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .818 1.60
1969 Padres P 54 0 176 11 0.2 10 0 10 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 1.53
1970 Cardinals P 18 0 65 5 0.3 5 0 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.08
P Totals 292 20 1,585 98 0.3 93 10 83 5 3 n/a n/a n/a .949 1.58
7 Years 292 20 1,585 98 0.3 93 10 83 5 3 n/a n/a n/a .949 1.58

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Billy McCool Miscellaneous Stats

1964 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.7 0.0 3.00 8.76 2.92
1965 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.8 0.0 2.55 10.25 4.02
1966 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 0.0 2.54 8.89 3.50
1967 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.6 26.0 1.48 7.67 5.18
1968 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.73 5.33 7.28
1969 Padres 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.83 5.37 6.44
1970 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 0.75 4.98 6.65
7 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.9 101.0 1.73 8.02 4.63

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Billy McCool Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1964 Cincinnati Reds 42 Undetermined - -
1965 Cincinnati Reds 42 Undetermined - -
1966 Cincinnati Reds 42 Undetermined Stats -
1967 Cincinnati Reds 42 Undetermined - -
1968 Cincinnati Reds 42 Undetermined - -
1969 San Diego Padres 42 Undetermined - -
1970 St. Louis Cardinals 43 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that Billy McCool was born in Batesville, Indiana, the son of Carl McCool (1909-1974) and Dolores McCool (1912-1999), went to nearby Lawrenceburg High School in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 ( link / plaque below)?
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Billy McCool Sketch | Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame | 2013

Billy McCool signed his autograph with the #42, the number he wore six-of-his-seven years in the Major Leagues. With the Cincinnati Reds he wore #42 five seasons, the most time in franchise history (tied with Jim Brosnan ). When "Cool Billy" put #42 on for the 1969 San Diego Padres , he became their first player to wear the number in a regular season game. So why did he wear #43 with the 1970 St. Louis Cardinals ? Relief pitcher Chuck Taylor was already donning his number and had been since he was brought up by the Red Birds in 1969.

The 1964 Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year was given to Billy McCool in the National League - the first to win this specific variation of the Award from the Cincinnati Reds - and Wally Bunker in the American League - the first to win this specific variation of the Award from the Baltimore Orioles.

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