Rank: First Sergeant
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: United States
William “Bill” Blair was
born on October 17, 1921 in
Blair served with the Army during WWII and became the youngest African-American to serve as a first sergeant. After his discharge in 1946 he joined the Cincinnati Clowns of the Negro League and later played for the Cincinnati Crescents.
He retired from baseball
after 1951 to work full-time as the founder and owner of
Southwest Sports News, a
newspaper that specialized in publishing scores from
African-American college games throughout the
He was “drafted” by the Houston Astros in the
Negro Leagues Player
Draft, held prior to the Major League draft at Disney's Wide
World of Sports Complex in
Created June 17, 2008.
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