Owens: Batavia baseball historian Bill Dougherty dies at 84

From Howard B. Owens at The Batavian on September 26, 2017, on SABR member Bill Dougherty:

Most baseball men attain their legendary status on the field. Bill Dougherty attained his sitting at a typewriter.

Dougherty was Batavia’s baseball historian, digging deep into the lore and stats of how the game was played locally over the past 150 years or so. Much of his work can be found in his book, “A View from the Bleachers: Batavia Baseball.”

Dougherty passed away Sunday.

“Bill Dougherty was the kind of person every community should have, a dedicated, passionate, knowledgeable, local historian,” said Bill Kauffman, a friend of Dougherty’s and himself a historian. “His primary interest was baseball, so his work was also responsible for Major League Baseball rewriting its record book and including the name of Vince Maney, who was the only Batavian to ever appear in a Major League Baseball game.”

Read the full article here: http://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/batavias-baseball-historian-bill-dougherty-passes/408778

Originally published: October 2, 2017. Last Updated: October 2, 2017.