Willie Pope
Willie Pope.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1918-12-14)December 14, 1918
Birmingham, Alabama
Died: June 10, 2010(2010-06-10) (aged 91)
O'Hara Township, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
Negro league baseball debut
1946, for the Pittsburgh Crawfords
Last appearance
1948, for the Homestead Grays
Teams

William Robert Pope (December 14, 1918 – June 10, 2010), nicknamed "Wee Willie", was an American Negro league pitcher for the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays between 1946 and 1948.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Pope was the brother of major leaguer Dave Pope, and served in the US Army during World War II.[1] After one year with Pittsburgh, he joined the Homestead Grays. Pope tossed a no-hitter for the Grays in 1947 against the New York Cubans, and was a member of the Grays' 1948 Negro World Series championship club, recording a key triple during the series against the Birmingham Black Barons.[2][3]

Pope died in O'Hara Township, Pennsylvania in 2010 at age 91.

References

  1. ^ "Negro Leaguers Who Served With The Armed Forces in WWII". baseballinwartime.com. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Willie Pope". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "William Pope". nlbemuseum.com. Retrieved August 4, 2020.