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  • 67 Year Old Bill Heward Throws Masterpiece in Columbus 35+ Division

    Submitted by Craig Watson, Columbus Dodgers

    Playing for the Columbus Ohio Dodgers of the Columbus Men’s Senior Baseball League, Bill Heward pitched a gem on Wednesday July 26th, 2017.  The 67 year old right-hander pitched a 1-0 complete game shutout, walk-off win in the league’s thirty-five and over league.  Heward, along with 61 year old pitcher Joe Karpowitz, are the core of the Dodgers pitching staff.  The two veteran pitchers have combined to throw 79 of the club’s 119 innings pitched.  Karpowitz has pitched three complete games, including a 3 to 1 win along with a six inning performance where he struck out nine batters.

    Bill started in the Columbus league 22 years ago and has also made several trips to Arizona for the MSBL World Series with Jim Durham’s Columbus Dodgers

    Bill also played for the Indianapolis Clowns in the old Barnstorming League while penning a book in 1974 titled "Some Were Called Clowns: A Season with the Last of the Great Barnstorming Baseball Teams.” (Available on Amazon)  One reviewer mentioned, "It's a diary of Bill Heward's 1973 season pitching and managing the Indianapolis Clowns, the last surviving Negro League team from the 1930's and '40's. It's extremely engaging and well-written and you'll get a lot of baseball history along the way, but this book goes well beyond sports. It's an outstanding social piece, too.  It’s a very non-judgmental study in race relations from within a sports setting. Tons of great stories (funny and sad), and lots of genuine characters...some of whom appeared in the Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars movie in 1976.”

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