Bill McAfee

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William Fort McAfee

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Biographical Information[edit]

McAfee while at the U. of Michigan, 1930

Georgia native Bill McAfee spent five seasons in professional baseball from 1930 through 1934. He spent some of each season in the major leagues. Bill was with the 1930 Chicago Cubs, the 1931 Boston Braves the Washington Senators in 1932 and 1933 and finished up in the major leagues with the 1934 St. Louis Browns. During Bill's five years of major league travels he managed to put together a good 10-4 record with a 5.69 ERA while appearing in 83 games.

The rest of McAfee's pitching occurred in the International League with four different teams, the Reading Keystones, Newark Bears, Montreal Royals and the Rochester Red Wings. During his minor league travels Bill put together a 19-22 record and a 5.09 ERA in 71 games. Following is more or less his pro baseball itinerary.

October 14, 1930: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Wes Schulmerich to the Boston Braves for Bob Smith and Jimmy Welsh.
August 5, 1932: Traded by the Boston Braves with Bill Akers and Bruce Cunningham to Baltimore (International) for Buck Jordan.
December, 1933: the Washington Senators sent McAfee to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete an earlier deal made on August 1, 1933. On the same date, August 1, 1933: The Washington Senators sent a player to be named later and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ed Chapman.
February 15, 1934: Purchased by the St. Louis Browns from the St. Louis Cardinals.

McAfee left baseball at the end of the 1934 season and became the distributor for International Harvester products in Albany, GA. He was serving his second term as Albany mayor when he and three others were killed when their private airplane crashed, returning from the 1958 All-Star Game in Baltimore, MD. William Fort McAfee was 51 years of age.

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