Bill Champion, American baseball player, Died at 69


Buford Billy Champion was born on September 18, 1947, and died on January 7, 2017.

He was an American professional baseball player,

Champion was a right-handed pitcher.

Champion played in 202 games in the Major Leagues from 1969–1976.

Bill pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies.

Prior to making the majors in 1969, he was a two-time earned run average minor league leader: he was Northern League ERA champ with Huron in 1965, and led the Carolina League in ERA in 1968.

Champion was part of the trade that brought Don Money to Milwaukee, as the Phillies traded Champion, Money and John Vukovich to Milwaukee for pitchers Jim Lonborg, Ken Sanders, Ken Brett and Earl Stephenson on October 31, 1972.

He then went on to become a scout for the Chicago Cubs and pitching coach for the Greenville Braves.

Buford Billy Champion passed away at 69 years old.