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William Glenn McCahan

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Bill McCahan also played basketball in the NBL, a predecessor of the NBA.

McCahan was at Duke University from 1940-42, at the same time as several other future major leaguers - Crash Davis, Eddie Shokes, and Frank Seward. He came to the majors after the war and had a 1.00 ERA in limited time for the 1946 Philadelphia Athletics, although he gave up 9 walks in 18 innings. He was to stay four years with the A's, all under manager Connie Mack, who in 1949 was 86 years old. The A's finished over .500 in 1947-49, while McCahan was at .500 in 1946 and 1949, well over .500 in 1947, and under .500 in 1948. In 1947 he was picked for the Sporting News Rookie All-Star team - one of his wins that year was a no-hitter. He finished his run in the major leagues at 16-14 and a 3.84 ERA.

He was traded to the Dodgers near the end of the 1949 season. In 1950 he pitched for Montreal.

McCahan served as a test pilot in the United States Army Air Corps for three years (1943-1945) during World War II. Bill spent six seasons in the minor leagues with a 47-37 record and a 3.61 ERA. He also was player-manager for the Pueblo Dodgers of the Western League in 1952, his final year in baseball.

He had pitched for the semipro Bennington Generals before he came to the majors.

McCahan died from cancer on July 3, 1986 in Fort Worth, TX.

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