Vic Willis

Vic Willis (HM1QFC)

Location: Newark, DE 19711 New Castle County
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N 39° 40.478', W 75° 45.933'

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Victor Gazaway Willis was born April 12, 1876 and spent his youth and much of his life in Newark, Delaware. He attended and played baseball for Delaware College (now the University of Delaware) in 1897. The Delaware Peach," as he was known, became famous for his Major League Baseball career which began in 1898 and ended in 1910. During this time, Willis played for the Boston Beaneaters (1898-1905), Pittsburgh Pirates (1906-1909), and the St. Louis Cardinals (1910). Gaining a reputation for his sweeping curveball and his durability, Willis would complete 388 of his 471 starts, record 50 shutouts, and attain a 2.63 ERA during his 12 year professional career. Notably, he completed 45 games during the 1902 season, the most in National League history, since 1900. After Willis retired from Major League Baseball in 1910 he purchased the Washington House Hotel on Main Street in his hometown, Newark, Delaware, for $44,000, and remained the sole proprietor of the hotel until his death on August 3, 1947. He is buried close to this location in Saint John's Cemetery. In 1977 Willis was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame and in 1995 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceCemetery
Marker TypeMemorial
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker NumberNC-195
Year Placed2013
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 9:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 434343 N 4391925
Decimal Degrees39.67463333, -75.76555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 40.478', W 75° 45.933'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 40' 28.6800" N, 75° 45' 55.9800" W
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Area Code(s)302
Can be seen from road?Yes
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401 Elkton Rd, Newark DE 19711, US
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