Billy Southworth was considered a “genius on the diamond”.
He lived a long life. At age 76, in 1969, he died in Columbus, Ohio. He had emphysema. What is said at the funeral is always a tribute. One of Billy’s former players on the 1948 Braves was there. He was Clint Conatser. Here is his tribute.
“He just had a gut feeling about the right thing to do in a situation,” Conatser recalled. “The moves he would make would work for him — all the time, not occasionally. Leo Durocher was the same way. It’s like some guys can pick horses out of nowhere. Southworth was a genius like that on the diamond.”