Pete Hill’s baseball legacy can be summed up among the 75 words inscribed on his Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown. Listed among his career accomplishments, Hill is characterized as a left-handed line drive hitter with exceptional bat control who hit to all fields and who roamed centerfield with a combination of speed, range and a rifle arm.
During his career with the Philadelphia Giants, Leland Giants, Chicago American Giants, Detroit Stars, Milwaukee Bears and Baltimore Black Sox in the old Negro Leagues, Hill became known as one of baseball’s most consistent hitters. While playing with Detroit in 1919, Hill clubbed 28 home runs – one shy of the number Babe Ruth had hit while playing in more games.
While Pete Hill’s baseball career is well documented, little was known about him after he left the game. After passing away at a Buffalo bus stop, Hill’s body had been shipped to Chicago. His burial place was unknown although baseball historians suspected he had been in an unmarked grave in Chicago.
A 29-year-old budding documentary filmmaker, a middle-aged anesthesiologist and Pete Hill’s great nephew all worked together to learn more about the man and to find his final resting place.
A film documentary is now in production with funding provided by KickStarter. Pete Hill’s story will now be told.
You can read much more and watch a short video about Pete Hill in an article by Jeff Arnold in The Post Game web site at: http://goo.gl/EbHq7k.
My thanks to newsletter reader Ritchie Hansen for telling me about this story.