Mileur Media Group launches Hall of Famer, Billy Southworth's website.
HERRIN, IL - Ray Mileur, President of Mileur Media Group announced today that a new website, WWW.BILLYSOUTHWORTH.COM , has been launched and dedicated to the memory of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Billy Southworth, 1893-1969.
The launching of the website coincides with Southworth's recent election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, that was announced on Monday, December 03, 2007 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, with the former St. Louis Cardinals manager, getting elected with the necessary 75% (13 out of 16), of the votes. Southworth will be inducted as part of the 2008 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to be held July 27, 2008.
Southworth had a major league career that spanned 40 years, and a love for the game, that spanned a lifetime. As a player he was a career .297 hitter, and a star of the 1926 World Series. As a manager he won two World Series championships and a National League Pennant with the Cardinals and another one with the Boston Braves, there first one in 34 years prior.
Southworth managed for 13 seasons (1929, 1940-51), including seven with the Cardinals and six with the Braves, posting a career .597 winning percentage, fifth-best all-time, with a record of 1,044-704. Southworth guided his teams to four World Series appearances and two World Championships, posting a winning record in 10 of his 13 seasons, including three straight seasons of 105-wins or more, from 1942 to 1944.
"Billy Southworth oversaw one of the greatest eras in Cardinals history, and it is gratifying to see his career accomplishments recognized by the Veterans Committee," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., told Mileur just moments after the announcement. Dewitt and Mileur were both in Nashville for the Winter Meetings and the Hall of Fame announcements.
Unfortunately the baseball legend didn't live long enough to see his name enshrined in Cooperstown, he passed away in 1969, leaving behind his family, daughter Carol Watson, grandchildren, Cheryl (Darryl) Cooper, Shelley (Larry) McKnight, Eric Watson, and Evan Watson.
Ray Mileur, who will represent the Southworth family at the Hall of Fame Ceremonies, decided to build and maintain a website in honor of the new Hall of Famer.
"The website is designed to educate Cardinal fans on the significant contributions, Billy Southworth has made to the game of baseball and more specifically to the St. Louis Cardinals," Mileur added, "it will not be a static site, we will be adding new content, research materials and photos on a regular basis."
The site will serve as an online repository to preserve and provide access to historical materials and support research, related to baseball during that era and the Hall of Fame career of Billy Southworth.
The website is a joint venture of the Southworth family and Mileur Media Group.
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