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Written by Pat Walsh   
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 08:30


Happy birthday to my father, Bill Walsh. To celebrate his birthday, I thought I would share a couple of photos of him during his playing days.

This is a photo of the Amarillo Gold Sox minor league baseball club. My father, William Henry Walsh. "Big" Bill... known during his playing days as "Lil' Abner" because he was too big for his uniform when he began his pro-career, is standing in the back row. He is fourth from the left. Also in the photo are former big leaguers Diego Segui, front row, second from the right, and Johnny McNamara, third from the left in the bottom row.




This picture was drawn by my mother, Theresa Bernadette Walsh who at the time.had yet to meet my father. She was a huge baseball fan and was falling in love with the young, strapping pitcher. She lived in Salem, Oregon and was sitting in the stands at the ballpark drawing this picture of him while he was playing for the Salem Senators. She spelled his last named incorrectly, "Walch" rather than "Walsh."




My dad passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2005. He went out the way he would have liked. He was doing two of his favorite things that day... drinking a "lite" beer and watching baseball when he suffered a massive heart attack. My mother passed the next year on Labor Day.


I would also like to share a portion of a short letter sent to me three years ago by dad's good friend, Harry Dunlop, who at the time was the manager of the Florida Marlins. Harry wrote, "Your dad finished his final season with 14 wins and 8 losses, and in his last game, he pitched a complete game and struck out 13 in the win."


Thank you Harry.



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