William Joseph Lee
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lb.
- Debut April 15, 1915
- Final Game September 30, 1916
- Born January 9, 1892 in Bayonne, NJ USA
- Died January 6, 1984 in West Hazleton, PA USA
Billy Lee was an outfielder for the St. Louis Browns 1915 and 1916, playing 25 games. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I (BN). He was managed by the great Mahatma, Branch Rickey. After the Browns, he became a scout under Mr. Rickey, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He coached basketball, football and baseball at Bayonne High School in Bayonne, NJ, retiring to the Hazleton, PA area in 1963. He died three days short of his 92nd birthday at St. Joseph Hospital in West Hazleton, PA and is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Drums, PA.
Principal sources for Billy Lee include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.
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