Bill Weiss

Bill Weiss

William J. "Bill" Weiss (June 2, 1925, professional baseball in 1948 as the official statistician for the Longhorn League and box office manager for the Abilene Blue Sox of the West Texas-New Mexico League.

That was a summer I’ll never forget, Weiss was once quoted as saying. Blue Sox Stadium is a great name but slightly grandiose for the facility, which had a big sign on the press box on the top of the roof that said; Dangerous for occupancy by more than six persons. The offices of the Longhorn League and the Abilene Blue Sox were on the second floor of an old house, which was also where Howard (Green, the league's and team's president) and his wife lived. I had the spare bedroom, which also served as my office. It was also where the team stored surplus bat and tickets. Since there were twin beds in the room, I got to share the room with stray ballplayers that came and went, usually for their first night in town before they got started. I don’t think I’d trade that experience for anything.

He moved to San Francisco the following year and began his work as the statistician of the California and Far West Leagues. He was associated with the California League for many years.

In 1950, Weiss began his association with the Pacific Coast League. In 1954, he married Faye Nelson, who was his "number one assistant" for more than fifty years.[2] From 1959 to 1984, he was president of a

  1. ^ In Memoriam: William J. Weiss | SABR, retrieved 2014-03-12
  2. ^ Pacific Coast League Potpourri, Richard Beverage, editor, April 2014 issue
  3. ^ SABR's first 100 members, retrieved 2014-03-12
  4. ^ Tony Salin Memorial Award citation, retrieved 2014-03-15
  5. ^ SABR: Ted Williams Chapter eNews, retrieved 2014-03-15
  6. ^ 'Spectacular' SABR Baseball Research Center opens at new San Diego library, by Jason Pomrenke, retrieved 2014-07-19
  7. ^ Legendary Bill Weiss collection of baseball research donated to SABR San Diego chapter, San Diego Public Library, retrieved 2014-07-19

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In 2014, the San Diego Central Library announced that it had acquired the "Bill Weiss Collection of baseball artifacts and information",[5] which would be a part of the Library’s Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center.[6] The collection includes "... a compilation of thousands of individual questionnaires that were filled out by high school ballplayers of past generations who would go on to play Major League Baseball."[7]

In 2005, he became the official League Historian and Secretary of the newly formed Golden Baseball League.

In 2004, he received the Tony Salin Memorial Award, which is awarded annually by The Baseball Reliquary to a person who dedicates his or her life to baseball history.[4]

In 1998, Weiss and fellow historian Marshall Wright were chosen to select The National Baseball Association's top 100 minor league teams.

" by Minor League Baseball. King of Baseball In 1977, he was named "[3]