Bill McGhee

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill McGhee broke into the majors at age 35, but he was a long-time minor league player. He appeared in 2,292 minor league games, almost all in the South. He hit .321 with nearly 2800 hits in the minors. In 1946 as a player-manager, he hit .349 in the Southeastern League to lead the league - at age 38. Two years later, at age 40, he played on the 1949 Pensacola Fliers who won 98 games. Source: 1949 Pensacola Fliers. He was originally listed as having been born in 1905, which was made him three years older than he truly was.

In the majors, he was a first baseman the first year and mostly an outfielder (primarily left field) the second year. In 1944, his .289 average was higher than most of the regulars (the team as a whole hit .257). The following year, when his average slipped to .252, the team average went down to .245.

Only one other major leaguer has had the last name "McGhee" through July 2007. Ed McGhee was also a Southerner and also played for the Philadelphia Athletics.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1946 Pensacola Fliers Southeastern League 85-48 1st Washington Senators Lost in 1st round
1947 Gadsden Pilots Southeastern League 75-65 2nd none Lost League Finals
1948 Gadsden Pilots Southeastern League 6-12 -- Washington Senators -- replaced by Jimmy Zinn on May 2
Brewton Millers Alabama State League 5th none replaced Joseph Beaugez May 12
1950 Gadsden Pilots Southeastern League 50-51 -- none Team disbanded on August 1
1951 Fitzgerald Pioneers Georgia State League -- none -- replaced John Duncan May 8
replaced by J.B. Ruark May 16
El Dorado Oilers Cotton States League 77-62 5th none
1954 Hazlehurst-Baxley Cardinals Georgia State League 5th St. Louis Cardinals replaced Arnold Riesgo on July 18

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