Bill Fuller
Bill Fuller
Full Name:  William Edward Fuller
     Born:  September 20, 1950
     Died:  July 24, 2016 in Tallahassee, Fl
   School:  Great Neck South High School in Great Neck, New York


FSU Career
Baseball
Year  No  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  B  T  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
1970      P       6-2  190  L  L  So       Great Neck, NY        
1971  21  P       6-2  190  L  L  So-R *   Great Neck, NY        
1972  21  P       6-2  190  L  L  Jr-R *   Great Neck, NY        
1973  21  P       6-2  190  L  L  Sr-R *   Great Neck, NY        
1980   5                                                         


Comments
From the Tallahassee Democrat
July 31, 2016

Henry Blog: Bill Fuller’s legacy ‘genuine’
By Jim Henry, Democrat sports editor

Nobody could hit a fungo harder or with more accuracy than Bill Fuller.

Fuller, however, met his match in the early 1990s, when the “Hammer” attempted (without any luck) to get a ground ball past a shortstop from Miami Christian Academy during Florida State’s annual summer baseball camp.

Campers and fellow instructors at Howser Stadium stopped to watch the show, where this player eventually landed as a No. 1 overall selection and has remained in the major leagues for 22 seasons.

“Bill was smoking ground balls, one after another, trying to get one by this kid,” Chip Baker said, followed by a laugh.

“But he couldn’t do it.”

Who knows if Alex Rodriguez recalls that day, but nobody in this baseball community will ever forget Bill Fuller.

The former FSU pitcher (1970-73) and longtime Lincoln High baseball coach and teacher passed away recently after a long battle with congenital nerve disorder. He was 66.

Fuller was full of life, wisdom and wit. He was gruff. He was friendly. He taught history and business law. He lived on Lake Tallavana with wife Elaine. He never complained even as the nerve disorder stole the strength from his legs and weakened his heart.

Fuller was a coach and a mentor to so many.

“He was a man of very few words, that is until you got to know him,” said Brett Richardson, who played for Fuller at Lincoln High in the late 1980s and is the head coach at Alcorn State University.

“He was a friend and a mentor. And he really knew baseball. Whenever I talked to him, he always had a word of encouragement.”

Fuller arrived in Tallahassee from New York, where one of his summer jobs was helping to hang steel during the construction of the World Trade Center. The left-handed pitcher had a solid Seminole career, going 26-11 with the 2.58 ERA. He threw seven complete games and struck out 241 in 293 1/3 innings.

Fuller’s minor-league career was cut short by arm problems. He was the pitching coach for the 1979 season at FSU under Dick Hoswer, but settled into his long career at Lincoln High.

Former Seminole and professional pitcher Allen Swindle served his internship at Lincoln as a coach under Fuller. Swindle was impressed by Fuller’s instinct and knowledge of baseball.

They became fast friends, fished together and their families spent summer vacations at Fuller’s home in New York and football Saturday tailgates at Doak Campbell Stadium.

“What a baseball mind he had,” Swindle said. “He had such a unique feel for the game.”

Fuller also was a cornerstone at the FSU baseball summer camps in the 1980s and 1990s.

He worked with future pro stars such as Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, David Wright, the Upton brothers and Seminole J.D. Drew. Fuller was designated “Hammer” status as one of the camp’s elite instructors and, oh Abner Doubleday, could he hit a fungo.

“He set the bar high for campers and coaches,” said Baker, the former Seminole assistant coach and current director of Mike Martin’s Summer Camps.

The sessions ended last week, with Baker, campers and coaches tipping their caps at the end of the day to honor Fuller.

How fitting.

At Lincoln, Fuller coached some of the program’s best players, including Reggie Jefferson, who played nine years in the major leagues (1991-99).

Fuller was organized, patient and persistent.

Richardson, an outfielder, recalled missing the cutoff man during practice drills. Each time Richardson made an off-target throw, he had to run a lap around the field. An each time Richardson returned to his position, Fuller had Richardson repeat the drill until the angered player got it right.

“He was hard, but he was hard for a reason,” Richardson said.

“It was during that drill when I realized that, hey, I can play for this guy. From that moment forward, our relationship was wonderful. When we’d catch up (later years), he always wanted to know how it was going.

“He was such a genuine guy.”



FSU Statistics
Baseball
Pitching Statistics
Year   ERA  W  L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV  IP    H   R   ER  BB  SO  2B  3B  HR  AB  B/AVG  WP HBP BK SFA SHA
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1970  0.00  0  0   1  0  0   0   0  0   1.0   0   0   0   1   1                                          
1971  2.35  9  2  17 15  2   1   1  0 107.1 105  44  28  22 111                                          
1972  2.66 10  5  19 14  4          0 108.1 109  49  32  29  82                                          
1973  2.93  7  4  19  7  1   0   1  2  76.2  69  32  25  25  47           7              1   0  3        
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Tot   2.61 26 11  56 36  7   1   2  2 293.1 283 125  85  77 241   0   0   7    0  .000   1   0  3   0   0
Batting Statistics
YEAR   AVG  GP  GS   AB  R   H   2B  3B  HR RBI  TB   SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB% SF SH  SB ATT
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1970  .000   1   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0  .000   0   0   0            0  0   0    
1971  .118  17  15   34   4   4   1   0   0   3    5  .147   8   0  11      .286  0  2   0    
1972  .300  19       40   8  12   4   0   0   3   16  .400   3      11      .349         3    
1973  .200  19   7   20   3   4   1   0   0   1    5  .250   4   0   6      .333  0  2   0   0
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Tot   .213  56  22   94  15  20   6   0   0   7   26  .277  15   0  28   0  .321  0  4   3   0
Fielding Statistics
Year   PO  AST  E   FLD%  DP
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1971            2   .000    
1973            1   .000    
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Tot     0    0  3   .000   0
Baseball
Game Statistics
1970
Date  Opponent              W  L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV   IP    H   R  ER  BB  SO
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Mar 25 BOWLING GREEN STATE         1                    1.0   0   0   0   1   1
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Tot                         0  0   1  0  0   0   0  0   1.0   0   0   0   1   1
1971
Date  Opponent              W  L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV   IP    H   R  ER  BB  SO
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Mar  2 VALDOSTA STATE COLL  1      1  Y                 6.0   2   0   0   2   6
Mar  6 SAINT LEO COLLEGE           1  Y                 5.0   4   6   2   3   1
Mar 12 LAFAYETTE COLLEGE    1      1  Y          1      7.0   7   0   0   1  11
Mar 21 MIAMI                       1  Y                 6.0   6   4   4   2   4
Mar 25 WESTERN MICHIGAN        1   1  Y                 7.0  10   3   2   2   7
Apr  3 BROWN                1      1  Y  1              7.0   7   1   0   0   3
Apr  6 JACKSONVILLE                1                    2.0   1   2   2   1   3
Apr  9 MIAMI                1      1  Y                 8.0   5   3   1   2   9
Apr 13 AUBURN                      1  Y                 7.0  16   7   5   1   7
Apr 18 CLEMSON                     1  Y                 8.0   8   2   2   1   6
Apr 24 SOUTH ALABAMA               1  Y                 6.1  10   7   4   1   6
Apr 27 SOUTH FLORIDA        1      1                    3.0   1   0   0   0   1
May  1 GEORGIA SOUTHERN        1   1  Y                 8.0   5   2   2   0  12
May  9 SOUTH ALABAMA        1      1  Y                 6.0   4   3   2   3   5
May 17 AUBURN               1      1  Y                 7.0   7   2   1   0   6
May 21 FLORIDA              1      1  Y  1              9.0   8   2   1   0   6
May 29 FLORIDA              1      1  Y          1      5.0   4   0   0   3   6
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Tot                         9  2  17 15  2   0   2  0 107.1 105  44  28  22  99
1972
Date  Opponent              W  L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV   IP    H   R  ER  BB  SO
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Mar  4 ROLLINS COLLEGE      1      1  Y  1   1          9.0   3   0   0   0   1
Mar  8 SAINT JOSEPH'S       1      1  Y                 8.0   4   1   1   2   7
Mar 12 CLEMSON              1      1  Y                 7.0   6   2   1   2   5
Mar 21 SOUTH FLORIDA           1   1  Y                 7.0   8   4   4   0   9
Mar 25 AUBURN                      1  Y                 6.0   7   8   3   4   8
Apr  2 WESTERN MICHIGAN     1      1  Y  1              9.0   8   1   1   0   5
Apr  7 JACKSONVILLE            1   1  Y                 6.0  11   4   3   0   5
Apr 15 SAINT LEO COLLEGE    1      1  Y  1              9.0   5   1   1   3   8
Apr 22 SOUTH ALABAMA           1   1  Y                 5.0   7   7   5   1   4
Apr 26 CHICAGO STATE        1      1  Y  1              9.0   7   5   0   5   9
Apr 30 GEORGIA TECH         1      1  Y                 7.1   8   2   2   1   3
May  5 JACKSONVILLE         1      1  Y                 6.1  14   3   3   2   2
Jun  1 SOUTH ALABAMA               1                    1.0   1   0   0   0   2
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Tot                         8  3  13 12  4   1   0  0  89.2  89  38  24  20  68
1973
Date  Opponent              W  L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV   IP    H   R  ER  BB  SO
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Feb 16 MIAMI                       1                    2.0   0   0   0   1   1
Mar  1 SOUTH FLORIDA        1      1                    1.0   1   0   0   0   0
Mar  2 SOUTH FLORIDA           1   1  Y                 4.2   9   7   7   3   5
Mar 11 SAINT JOSEPH'S       1      1                    3.2   2   0   0   0   1
Mar 15 MARIETTA COLLEGE            1                    4.2   4   0   0   0   1
Mar 24 MIAMI                1      1                    4.1   2   2   1   3   1
Mar 27 SAINT LEO COLLEGE           1  Y                 5.0   5   3   3   1   3
Apr  8 SOUTH ALABAMA               1                    1.1   3   3   3   2   1
Apr 10 AUBURN                      1                    2.0   0   0   0   0   2
Apr 13 SAINT LEO COLLEGE           1             1  1   2.2   0   0   0   2   4
Apr 16 TAMPA                       1                1   4.0   0   1   0   1   5
Apr 18 MIAMI                       1                    0.0   1   2   1   0   0
Apr 22 GEORGIA SOUTHERN        1   1  Y                 5.0   4   3   1   4   3
Apr 28 GEORGIA TECH            1   1  Y                 7.1   6   1   1   0   7
May  1 JACKSONVILLE         1      1                    6.0   6   1   1   2   5
May  6 GEORGIA SOUTHERN     1      1  Y  1              9.0   6   1   1   2   4
May 15 AUBURN               1      1  Y                 5.1   9   3   3   2   2
May 20 FLORIDA              1      1                    3.1   5   2   2   0   2
May 26 FLORIDA                 1   1  Y                 5.1   6   3   2   2   0
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Tot                         7  4  19  7  1   0   1  2  76.2  69  32  26  25  47
1970
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Mar 25 BOWLING GREEN STATE    9e .000  1      0   0   0            0   0                      0            
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                                 .000  1  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0   0  0   0  0  0  0  0   0    0   0  0
1971
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Mar  2 VALDOSTA STATE COLL    9  .500  1 P    2   1   1 1          0   2                      0            
Mar  6 SAINT LEO COLLEGE      9  .333  1 P    1   0   0            0   0                      0            
Mar 12 LAFAYETTE COLLEGE      9  .200  1 P    2   0   0            0   0                      0            
Mar 21 MIAMI                  9  .143  1 P    2   0   0            0   0                      0            
Mar 25 WESTERN MICHIGAN       9  .111  1 P    2   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr  3 BROWN                  9  .100  1 P    1   1   0            0   0                      0           1
Apr  6 JACKSONVILLE           9f .100  1      0   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr  9 MIAMI                  9  .077  1 P    3   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 13 AUBURN                 9  .125  1 P    3   1   1            2   1                      0            
Apr 18 CLEMSON                9  .105  1 P    3   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 24 SOUTH ALABAMA          9  .095  1 P    2   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 27 SOUTH FLORIDA          3b .091  1      1   0   0            0   0                      0            
May  1 GEORGIA SOUTHERN       9  .083  1 P    2   0   0            0   0                      0            
May  9 SOUTH ALABAMA          9  .077  1 P    2   0   0            0   0                      0            
May 17 AUBURN                 9  .100  1 P    4   0   1            1   1                      0           1
May 21 FLORIDA                9  .094  1 P    2   0   0            0   0               2      0            
May 29 FLORIDA                9  .118  1 P    2   0   1            0   1                      0            
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                                 .118 17 15  34   3   4  1  0  0   3   5  0   0  0  0  2  0   0    0   0  2
1972
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Mar  4 ROLLINS COLLEGE        9  .500  1 P    2   0   1            0   1               2      0            
Mar  8 SAINT JOSEPH'S         9  .333  1 P    4   0   1            0   1                      0            
Mar 12 CLEMSON                9  .364  1 P    5   2   2            0   2                      0            
Mar 21 SOUTH FLORIDA          9  .308  1 P    2   0   0            0   0                  1   1            
Mar 25 AUBURN                 9  .313  1 P    3   1   1            0   1                      0           2
Apr  2 WESTERN MICHIGAN       9  .263  1 P    3   1   0            0   0                      0           1
Apr  7 JACKSONVILLE           9  .250  1 P    1   0   0            0   0            1         0           1
Apr 15 SAINT LEO COLLEGE      9  .292  1 P    4   0   2            2   2                      0            
Apr 22 SOUTH ALABAMA          9  .280  1 P    1   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 26 CHICAGO STATE          9  .310  1 P    4   1   2 1          0   3                      0           1
Apr 30 GEORGIA TECH           9  .313  1 P    3   1   1            0   1                      0            
May  5 JACKSONVILLE           9  .294  1 P    2   1   0            0   0                      0            
Jun  1 SOUTH ALABAMA          9a .294  1      0   0   0            0   0                      0   0    1   
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                                 .294 13 12  34   7  10  1  0  0   2  11  0   0  0  1  2  1   1    0   1  5
1973
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Feb 16 MIAMI                  9f .000  1      0   0   0            0   0                      0            
Mar  1 SOUTH FLORIDA          9i .000  1      0   0   0            0   0                      0            
Mar  2 SOUTH FLORIDA          9  .000  1 P    1   0   0            0   0                      0            
Mar 11 SAINT JOSEPH'S         *a .000  1                               0                      0            
Mar 15 MARIETTA COLLEGE       *b .000  1                               0                      0            
Mar 24 MIAMI                  9a .000  1      2   0   0            0   0                      0           1
Mar 27 SAINT LEO COLLEGE      9  .000  1 P    1   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr  8 SOUTH ALABAMA          9b .000  1      0   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 10 AUBURN                 9c .000  1      0   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 13 SAINT LEO COLLEGE      9a .200  1      1   1   1 1          0   2                      0            
Apr 16 TAMPA                  9b .167  1      1   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 18 MIAMI                  9g .167  1      0   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 22 GEORGIA SOUTHERN       9  .125  1 P    2   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 28 GEORGIA TECH           9  .100  1 P    2   0   0            0   0               1      0            
May  1 JACKSONVILLE           9a .083  1      2   2   0            0   0                      0            
May  6 GEORGIA SOUTHERN       9  .133  1 P    3   0   1            1   1                      0            
May 15 AUBURN                 9  .118  1 P    2   0   0            0   0               1      0            
May 20 FLORIDA                9b .111  1      1   0   0            0   0                      0            
May 26 FLORIDA                9  .200  1 P    2   0   2            0   2                      0            
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                                 .200 19  7  20   3   4  1  0  0   1   5  0   0  0  0  2  0   0    0   0  1