Saturday, March 17, 2012

Billy Purtell Died 50 Years Ago

Toledo: 1918

Columbus, Ohio native William Patrick “Billy” Purtell died on this date 50 years ago in Bradenton, Florida at the age of 76. Purtell played his first season in the American Association as a member of the Toledo Mud Hens during the war-shortened 1918 season at the age of 32, playing shortstop and appearing in 40 games, batting .175. Purtell played professionally from 1904 to 1926, sandwiching in five seasons at the major league level and managing in the low minors for Vancouver in 1921 and for Hagerstown in 1928. He is buried at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton, Florida.

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