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  • Billy McCool, Don Zimmer and Hal Smith, former Reds figures, pass away

    Billy McCool was a reliever for the Reds from 1964 to 1968. He was an All-Star in 1966 (8 W, 18 SV, 2.48 ERA) and is one of only two teenagers to ever save five or more games in a season (Don Gullett was the other). He also saved 21 games for the club in 1965.

    McCOOL, William John 69, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at his home in Summerfield, Florida. ...

    Bill graduated from Lawrenceburg High School in 1962. After high school, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a left-handed pitcher in 1963. "Cool Billy" made his major league pitching debut at the age of 19 on April 24, 1964. He was named National League Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News and was named a National League All-Star in 1966.
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    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/day...&pid=171330336

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    After starting the 1962 campaign with the Mets, Don Zimmer finished the year in Cincinnati, hitting .250 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI in 63 games.

    He had the jowls of Dizzy Gillespie, the chins of Alfred Hitchcock and the forearms of Olive Oyl's favorite sailor man. For most of his 83 years, he had a haircut that required minimum maintenance and a quick, disarming smile that significantly widened his face and belied his sense of purpose. Well before his time came, he had developed a silhouette like no other in the game. If nothing else, Don Zimmer was distinctive, a ball of distinction, you might say -- no corners, no angles, no edges. So round he almost was spherical.

    Zimmer, a baseball icon for the past six decades -- most recently as a senior advisor for the Rays -- passed away on Wednesday at BayCare Alliant Hospital in Dunedin, Fla. He was 83.
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    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/...&vkey=news_mlb

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    Hal Smith coached for the Reds in the late 1960s.

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Former major league baseball player Hal Smith of Fort Smith, Ark., has died.

    Edwards Funeral Home says Smith died Saturday at age 82. A cause of death was not released.

    Smith was a native of Barling who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher in 1949. He played for the Cardinals from 1956-61 and was named to three National League All-Star teams.
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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...132/index.html

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