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Place of Birth:
November 27, 1922 Nelson, Illinois
February 1, 1973 Dixon, Illinois
Military Unit: US Army
Major League Stats:
Lou Bevil on Baseball-Almanac
Louis E “Lou” Bevil (born
Louis E Bevilacqua) was born on November 27, 1922 in Nelson,
Illinois, 100 miles west of Chicago.
He attended Notre Dame in 1939 and signed a
professional baseball contract with the Washington Senators in 1940,
joining the DeLand Red Hats of the Florida State League. Bevil was
11-21 in his rookie season and was 17-15 with the Thomasville
Lookouts of the Georgia-Florida League in 1941.
In 1942, he moved up to Chattanooga in the Southern Association and
his 13 wins earned him a late-season promotion to the Senators. He
made four appearances in
Washington, had one start and finished with
a 0-1 record and 6.52 ERA. Bevil – who worked as a railroad fireman
during the off-season – was described by The Sporting News on May
28, 1942, as being “built like a blacksmith and [having] the
unconquerable fighting spirit of a bulldog.”
Bevil entered military service with the Army
after the season and was based at Camp Beale in
California, where he pitched for
the base team.
Bevil returned to baseball in 1946. He was
optioned by the Senators to Chattanooga
but played only a handful of games before being sent to
in the Florida State League where he was 9-3. The switch-hitting
right-hander also batted .296 on the year and in 1947 he batted .304
with 73 RBIs as a utility man.
He became player-manager of Orlando in 1948 and won his first 12 games,
finishing with a 19-7 record and batting .365, which earned a
call-up to the Senators for spring training the following year. The
26-year-old wasn’t retained by
and returned to the Florida State League with Daytona Beach
Islanders where he won 19 games and clouted a league-record 18 home
runs. However, the following season was Bevil’s last in organized
baseball finishing up with Anniston in the
Lou Bevil succumbed to cancer in Dixon, Illinois
on February 1, 1973. He was only 50 years old.
Created December 10, 2007. Updated January 11,
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