Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bill Carrick Died 80 Years Ago Today

A right-handed pitcher from Erie, Pennsylvania, William Martin Carrick, also known as "Doughnut Bill," died March 7, 1932 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian, Michigan, the same final resting spot as Emil Huhn, a former member of the Milwaukee Brewers, who was killed in an auto accident in 1925.

Carrick was a pitcher in the American Association for just one season. As a Toledo Mud Hen in 1903, Carrick had a 2-8 record in ten games. During the first half of the season, a strong Toledo labor union identified him as a spy whose job it was to identify union members who were making trouble during union events. The group called for Carrick to be dismissed or they would organize a boycott against the Mud Hens. Their threat worked and Carrick was soon pitching in Seattle where he finished the season.

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