Interview with William B. McCosky, March 16, 1988

Project: A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project

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William "Barney" McCosky was a Major League outfielder, playing for the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics (A's), Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians. In this interview, he discusses hitting against pitcher Bob Feller, his (McCosky's) military service during World War II, being traded to the Philadelphia Athletics, the 1946 Tigers team, the Mexican League, the player pension plan, players for the A's, work during the off season, Connie Mack, injuries that he (McCosky) sustained during games, and some of the more competitive pitchers he knew. Other topics include Major League African American baseball players, playing as an outfielder, changes in baseball equipment since McCosky was a player, artificial turf, the standardization of baseball parks, player salaries and endorsements, travel during his baseball career, the use of designated hitters, and the reserve clause.

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1988oh059_chan107

Interviewee Name

William B. McCosky

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1988-03-16

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McCosky, William B. Interview by William J. Marshall. 16 Mar. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

McCosky, W.B. (1988, March 16). Interview by W. J. Marshall. A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

McCosky, William B., interview by William J. Marshall. March 16, 1988, A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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