“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newark in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Vic Willis

Vic Willis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
1. Vic Willis Marker
Inscription. 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.
Erected 2013 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-195.)
St. John's Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
2. St. John's Cemetery
39° 40.478′ N, 75° 45.933′ W. Marker is in Newark, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of Elkton Road and West Park Place, on the right on Elkton Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newark DE 19711, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Newark Passenger Railroad Station (approx. mile away); R.T. Foard and Jones Funeral Home (approx. mile away); Deer Park Hotel (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. John African Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Diamonds Walkway (approx. 0.9 miles away); Pride of Delaware Lodge #349 IBPOEW (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old College (approx. 0.9 miles away); Oriental Lodge #12, I.O.O.F. (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Newark.
Also see . . .  Vic Willis - National Baseball Hall of Fame. (Submitted on January 9, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. Sports
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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