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William John McCOOL

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McCOOL, William John 69, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at his home in Summerfield, Florida. Bill was born on July 14, 1944 to Carl and Dolores McCool in Batesville, Indiana. Growing up in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Bill graduated from Lawrenceburg High School in 1962. After high school, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a left-handed pitcher in 1963. "Cool Billy" made his major league pitching debut at the age of 19 on April 24, 1964. He was named National League Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News and was named a National League All-Star in 1966. Bill met and married Carol Reuteler in 1967. After baseball, he moved to Centerville, Ohio where he raised his three children. Bill is the author of "The Billy McCool Pitching Digest: A Guide to Effective Baseball Pitching" published in 1977. In 2004, he retired and moved to Summerfield, Florida. Bill is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol (Reuteler) McCool, his three children: Angie (Chris) Smith, Megan (Lindsey) Mayo, and Andy (Teresa) McCool, and his 7 grandchildren.

Published in Dayton Daily News on June 13, 2014
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