Hill, Pete

John Preston Hill
Born: October 12, 1882, Culpeper, Virginia
Died: December 19, 1951, Buffalo, New York
Played For: 
Pittsburgh Keystones, Leland Giants, Chicago American Giants, Cuban X Giants, Philadelphia Giants, Detroit Stars
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 2006

A standout center fielder with a rifle arm, Pete Hill was one of the greatest line-drive hitters of his era. From the turn of the century to the early 1920s, Hill was a giant among Giants, starring with legendary clubs such as the Cuban X Giants, Philadelphia Giants, Leland Giants and Chicago American Giants. Playing alongside baseball greats Rube Foster, Pop Lloyd and Bruce Petway, Hill captained the legendary Leland Giants of 1910, credited with a record of 123 wins and just six losses. For eight seasons with the Chicago American Giants, Hill tormented opposing moundsmen with his knack of fouling off pitch after pitch. Hill wound down his stellar career as player-manager for the Detroit Stars during their early days in the newly formed Negro National League.

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