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McCool Fan Shares Collection Of Former Big Leaguer

Posted On June 24, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

P.G. Gentrup's Bill McCool collection of baseball cards and newspaper clippings. Mike Perleberg, Eagle 99.3

P.G. Gentrup’s Bill McCool collection of baseball cards and newspaper clippings.
Mike Perleberg, Eagle 99.3

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A longtime fan of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bill McCool is sharing his collection chronicling the one-time big leaguer’s career.

“People used to say you couldn’t believe his fastball. It was just overpowering,” says P.G. Gentrup, who graduated from Lawrenceburg High School in 1965, three years after McCool passed through the same hallways.

McCool died at age 69 on June 8 at his home in Florida, where he had moved from southeast Indiana several years ago.

Gentrup visited Eagle 99.3 Tuesday to share two large posterboards of McCool memorabilia. They feature baseball cards ranging from his five seasons with the Reds to his last full major league season with San Diego, where McCool went in the 1969 expansion draft. McCool’s 1964 rookie card – shared with prospect third baseman and shortstop Chico Ruiz – is also part of the collection.

Another card, a 1966 Topps, states that Bill threw three no-hitters in high school.

Local and national newspaper clippings of detailing McCool’s career also adorn the collection.

For anybody else who wants to reminisce of Lawrenceburg’s major leaguer, Gentrup has been kind enough to put his collection on public display at the Eagle 99.3 studios for a few days. You can share your Bill McCool memories on Eagle 99.3’s Facebook page or contact us directly.

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