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William Byrd (July 15, 1907 – January 4, 1991) was an American professional baseball player in the Negro leagues. Born in Canton, Georgia, he was a right-handed pitcher. He participated in six All-Star games. Byrd also saw action with the Criollos de Caguas and Cangrejeros de Santurce clubs of the Puerto Rico Winter League, where he was considered one of the best hurlers. He died at age 83 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

William "Bill" Byrd
Born: (1907-07-15)July 15, 1907
Canton, Georgia
Died: January 4, 1991(1991-01-04) (aged 83)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Both Threw: Right
1933, for the Columbus Blue Birds
Last appearance
1947, for the Baltimore Elite Giants

At age 45, Byrd received votes listing him on the 1952 Pittsburgh Courier player-voted poll of the Negro Leagues' best players ever.[2]


  1. ^ The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Ballantine Books. 2007. p. 1698. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3.
  2. ^ "1952 Pittsburgh Courier Poll of Greatest Black Players"

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