Bill Starr: The San Diego Padre Who Batted for Ted Williams and Integrated the PCL

By Gary Sarnoff

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

In December 1936, the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League purchased a catcher from the Albany Senators. Bill Starr would leave his mark on San Diego baseball history: As a player, he had the honor of pinch-hitting for Ted Williams. As an owner, he signed the player who broke the Pacific Coast League color-barrier. In December 1936, the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League purchased a catcher from the Albany Senators. Bill Starr would leave his mark on San Diego baseball history: As a . . .

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